Let’s talk more about those hidden sources around your house.
Ask your parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, if they kept a diary or journal. I still have all of mine from grade school through high school. I was not good about writing in them every day but they provide a (somewhat funny) review of my life. Funny reading them as an adult. The things I felt were so major as a kid, like thinking I would just disappear if “that” boy didn’t fall head over heels in love with me, do not compare to the things I worry about as an adult. But that’s what happens when we grow up.
My first diaries were filled with tidbits about my life and lists of all those cute boys. By high school they included entries about band and different musical contests in which I participated. There are entries about vacations and friends, fights with my parents and the usual growing pains. When you are older and re-read a diary from your school days, the entries may take you back to a wonderful time and place when you fell in love for the first time or got your driver’s license or accomplished that one big goal you had in high school. Nice memories.
I found several pieces of my old jewelry in a box when I was sorting and organizing my treasures recently. The picture shows a Holly Hobbie pin, necklace and what was a pin that we put a hole in to put it on a necklace. There is my little wobbly ears bunny necklace, a ring with flowers, a mouse pin (I don’t really remember wearing this) and a pain with my baby picture in it. My mom used to wear that pin.
The butterfly pin I believe was my great-grandma Brouk’s. I need to confirm this and label the photo correctly though.
My grandfather, Joseph Holik, joined the U.S. Naval Armed Guard during World War II. This Bluejacket’s Manual dated 1940 is an item I have of his from the War. It has his name, Company, dates of service and where he trained, written inside.
The book cover is coming apart – the inside layer of the cover has detached somewhat and the book was definitely used. Joseph wrote HOLIK J in pencil on the outside pages of the book. When the book is closed you can see his name.
This book doesn’t contain any other genealogical information about Joseph, but tells me what he had to learn when he entered the Navy in 1943.