Woman saves family history with albums


April 09, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TRACING your family's history can be educational, rewarding, time-consuming and addictive. Just ask Ann Glover.

Family genealogy has become a growing passion for the Sykesville resident. Mrs. Glover had always been interested in her family history and admits to being something of a pack rat growing up.

"I began saving things from my grandmother's attic when I was a child," she said.

But with boxes and boxes of family pictures and other memorabilia preserved at her father's Aberdeen home, Mrs. Glover had no idea how to begin organizing the items into something enjoyable to share with family and friends. A chance meeting with Sue Carback, a consultant with a company called Creative Memories, changed all that.

"I'd been looking for a way to preserve the family history that I had but had found no suitable way to keep the items. I had many, many photos that were in danger of being destroyed by time and by the way I had stored them," said Mrs. Glover.

Archival albums with acid-free paper to protect photos, which Mrs. Carback's company sells, turned out to be just what Mrs. Glover had been searching for.

With guidance and suggestions by Mrs. Carback, Mrs. Glover began the daunting task of categorizing and organizing her history into albums. What she has to show for her efforts is impressive.

One of her albums contains many photos from the mid- to late-1800s that have been professionally restored.

"I've learned a lot about the care of old pictures and about what is done to return them to good condition through all of this," Mrs. Glover said. "There are some people around who know a lot about photography and do great work with old photos."

Trying to identify the people in her photos was often the most difficult job. "I strongly encourage people to talk with their older relatives, go through old pictures together and find out everything you can about the people in your pictures," she said.

Armed with the names and faces of family members, Mrs. Glover and her husband, John, began researching records from the Maryland Historical Society, and the Harford County Historical Society. Newspaper clippings from the late 19th century yielded a great deal of information.

"Some of the most useful and detailed information came from death notices," said Mr. Glover. The obituaries of old went into lengthy and often flowery detail. "You really can get an idea of exactly what kind of person someone was by their obituary," he )) said.

Photographs are not all that Mrs. Glover has included in her albums. Wedding invitations, personal letters, photo calling cards, newspaper announcements and locks of hair make interesting additions. Beautifully embossed canning labels from the family's canning business of long ago provide an artistic touch.

"Keep all kinds of memorabilia, things you might not think are important today can be used to tell a memorable story later," Mrs. Glover advised.

Mrs. Glover is working on an album for her grown son. His is a touching collection of childhood memories enhanced with such things as a nursery school graduation certificate, grade school photos and vacation souvenirs. Her daughter is busy putting together her own album of memories.

Mrs. Glover credits Mrs. Carback, also a South Carroll resident, with helping her get started on her hobby.

"If you're like I was with boxes of photos and good intentions to do something with them, don't wait. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can enjoy the memories," Mrs. Glover said.

D8 For more information, call Mrs. Carback at 781-4177.

Family movie night

Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Family Movie Night Friday, beginning at 7: 30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

The outreach committee is presenting "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." No admission will be charged, but donations will be accepted and will go toward paying for a summer work project in South Carolina. Information: Robin Helm, 795-8673.

Fun festival

Freedom Elementary School is sponsoring its annual Freedom Family Fun Fest Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A free shuttle service from the parking lot of Liberty High School to Freedom Elementary will be offered. No parking will be permitted at Freedom.

The event features a variety of inexpensive family games and activities, including face painting, raffles and a used-book exchange. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

The festival will start at 7 p.m. Friday with a parade on the track at Liberty High School. Local marching bands, majorette groups, Scout groups and Freedom students will participate. Children are encouraged to join the parade with decorated bikes, tricycles or wagons.

Information: 751-3525.

Sherry Graham's southeast neighborhood column appears every Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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