This thoughtful post by Su has set me thinking.
When was the last time you wrote a letter? A proper, personal (dare I even say, handwritten) letter — on paper?
I suspect the last time I did was in 2006; to my grandmother not long before she died.
I don’t even send all that many greeting cards anymore. Like letters they have been replaced with phone calls, Skype, emails and FaceBook messages.
For family historians, letters are invaluable. They are the “Sunday best” of information sources; the snapshots and snippets of past lives that reveal character as well as information. If public records provide a skeleton of our ancestors and clothe them in the uniform of their time, personal letters (and diaries) show us something of the colour and texture of a life. They are the ribbons and shawls that hint at personality and individuality.
Since literacy became widespread, letters have been a lifeline between family members and friends…
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