E is for Envelopes

This post is part of my family history videos A to Z blog challenge for 2021 which expands on my presentation for Legacy FamilyTree Webinars by showing a variety of examples. Webinar available at familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=1740. Information and index of posts  at ifamilyhistory.blogspot.com/p/a2z-family-history-videos.html.

E is for Envelopes and letters

Envelopes have stories of their own and evidence for proof of ancestors' location at a certain time. Great for genealogical research. There are some examples below. 

The letter can also list people living and locations for your research as well as just fun things to know. The video I created has a brother in New York telling his brother in Scotland what to bring when they come to Quebec or New York and when to travel. 

Many youth do not know how to read cursive writing. They would become frustrated very quickly but miss out on some fun family history. Create a video showing a picture of the envelope and letter, so they can see the handwriting, and record you reading the contents. Many would prefer this over trying to read it themselves. 

Genealogical Research

This tells us that the family member was in Quebec City, Quebec at the date. It is an old multi-page post card with a note inside. They were on vacation. The address to the family member tells us where that family member lived on that date.

Also, note the PQ.  That might be confusing to some today because the two letters is now QC. This was the original two letters used for the province of Quebec. This is good information for other items that might be researched. 

This tells us that Mr. H. J. Burnett lived in Sugar City, Colorado in Sacraments in May of 1925.

Don't forget the backside of the envelope. This one tells us where in Sacramento they lived!


Dorothy Burnett lived in Boone, Colorado and Mrs. Hattie Burnett lived in Rye, Colorado. The year is hard to read. Hopefully the date is written on the letter inside. This does give us other family members that should be researched. 

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter E

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