Religion has been central to many households throughout the history of the US. Practicing Christians typically have some form of family Bible in the house, and often it's been passed down from generation to generation, and was used to record important family information like births, marriages, and deaths.
Below is the Garver Family Bible, given to us by the Stella Moore Estate. The pages themselves are very typical, but it's what's been added to them that's the most interesting. In addition to the several newspaper clippings pasted to the covers, family information dating back to 1833 is recorded. Often times Family Bibles serve as invaluable resources for genealogists and researches alike, as birth, marriage, and death records were not always recorded and archived as they are today.
How does your family record important vital information?
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.