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At the estate auction I previously mentioned, my sister-in-law asked my cousin (the daughter of the deceased) if there was anything she'd like to ask her mother about after all of the sorting and cleaning of the home place.   My cousin replied that she'd ask her the story behind the obviously very, very old cedar chest that was stored in a corner of the garage attic (of all places) that held her mother's childhood mementos, along with baby blankets/quilts, and other keepsakes.  None of the kids had ever seen it before.  They know nothing about it, so that's what she would ask about.  

How about you?  Do you have a family heirloom that you wished you could have asked an ancestor about?  

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Comment by J.S. on August 21, 2014 at 8:11am

My dad has been gone almost 20 years.  I would love to go back and ask him about all the stories he used to tell me when I was a kid about all the family.  I didn't have much interest in family history them but now I love to dig into it and I'd love to tell him what I've found out on Ancestory.com.  At least I have it all there for my girls and grandchildren.

Comment by Betty AL on August 20, 2014 at 6:33pm

I wish I could ask my Granny about the sewing machine that was original to her treadle cabinet that I now have. The machine had been removed and an electric machine installed.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on August 18, 2014 at 8:19pm

I would ask whose wedding rings those were that I found in a little cedar box after my father's death.  Mom had been gone for about 10 years at the time.  There were both men's and women's rings for at least six people -- some with little diamonds!

Comment by Jodi Cramer on August 18, 2014 at 8:00pm

I would ask my great-grandmother where she got the wonderful old violin (dated 1719 inside) that is now mine. I would love to know more about it.

Comment by Pam/NY on August 18, 2014 at 3:39pm

What a shame that she didn't share such personal memories with her children. But, having written the book about our lake stories, I realize that people don't think their stories are important to anyone but them. Hope, some of her relatives can help fill in the gaps. My recent story to you about the family gun. My husband's grandfather gave him a gun with a hand carved tiger's head on it with a tiger eye marble. Wish we knew who the original owner was. Our contractor told me a story about how in the civil war...often times they would hide letters in the stock of the gun. We checked this gun to see if the bottom came out and maybe we would get a wonderful surprise, no such luck. We are going to check other family rifles to see if they have it or that we may be able to place a note for future owners.

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