If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you have realized I have a lot of stuff. What may seem like useless ephemera to some is most certainly a genealogical treasure to me. You may recall myon the ashes I found in my mother’s attic. That find allowed me to make a few connections on my uncle’s tree. Six years later, I still have the ashes, carefully encased in the knotted handkerchief. At some point, I will try to reunite Mania Nebenzahl with her descendants.
Despite attending several workshops and reading an entire book on downsizing written by Marian Burk Wood, I still can’t part with some of my “unusual” items. 
Prompted by the topic for Week #38 of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog challenge, let me share with you another item in our “genealogical treasure chest.”
My Grandfather’s Urology Reports From 1930 and 1931.
|By the way, I did translate these. All I got from them was his counts on certain levels were “somewhat low.”|
Now, most people would have tossed these out immediately upon finding them among their family papers. I felt like I should do the same. But. I just can’t do it. A couple of years ago, I posted my dilemma to a Facebook group. Most people said, “Digitize then toss.” So, I digitized the reports.
Then, I did not toss them.
I attended a talk given by Devon Noel Lee of Family History Fanatics at RootsTech 2018. There, I learned about a helpful “test” to help determine whether an item is worth keeping.
Keep- It’s “Genealogical Gold”, if:
- It’s original
- It’s unique
- It’s highly sentimental
Don’t Keep- It’s “Chrome Plastic*”, if:
- Copies are available
- It’s available online
- It’s of limited sentimental value
*chrome plastic: looks valuable, but it’s not
Made a lot of sense, so I “ran” the “test” on the items featured in this post.
- It’s original. CHECK.
- It’s unique. CHECK. (Pretty sure no one else has one!!)
- It’s highly sentimental. UM. HMMM. WELL. I know it shouldn’t be sentimental. But… it is to me!!
Not surprisingly, I kept the original reports.
I’d like to suggest a couple more items for the “Genealogical Gold” category:
- It’s part of a
- Not only do I have the two reports, I also have a prescription from the same lab. (Did my grandfather not get it filled?) I also have some sort of document from a “sanitorium” dated 1935. Perhaps he was admitted there for treatment? So – a collection, right?
- It might be a clue to a story.
- My grandparents got married in 1930. Was this test part of a health exam in preparation for marriage? My grandfather died at work of a heart attack in 1959. He was only 58 years old. Did this “illness” (whatever it was) contribute to his weak heart? I haven’t done a lot of work on that branch, yet. What if these reports are part of a larger story?
There. I feel better. I think my two additions are quite plausible. And they certainly justify my decision to keep those urology reports!
 Read my review of “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past” here: https://whoweareandhowwegotthisway.blogspot.com/2018/02/52-ancestors-week-nine-where-theres-will.html