Your House is on Fire

IMG_1292Most genealogists have at least a few family heirlooms.  If you’re the historian in your family, you tend to be the one who collects the old stuff.

I have this clock.  I’m told it was a wedding gift to my great-grandparents, Severina Nelson and Art Scheiber.  They were married in Minneapolis 98 years ago this month.  The clock came to me 11 years ago, when I got married.  It doesn’t match our decor at all, but we don’t care.  It’s part of our home.  I look forward to winding it every week.  It chimes on the hour and on the half-hour, and when we’ve had to let it wind down to move it, we’ve missed the chime terribly.  I like imagining my grandpa as a little boy, listening to the chime (and probably getting yelled at for trying to touch it, just like my kids do).

If my house was on fire, and my husband and kids were already safely out, the one thing I’d grab is this clock.

So here’s my I-don-‘t-have-time-for-a-serious-post question for you:  Your house is in fire.  Your loved ones are safely out.  You have time to grab only one thing.

What do you grab?  Why?

EDITED TO ADD: I wrote a follow-up to this post, about where you store your computer files and why.  It’s here.  Some folks also wrote posts in response to this one.  Yay!  Here are the ones I know about:

Nick Gombash’s Genealogy Blog

Nolichucky Roots

JLog

Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

Adventures in Genealogy

Orations of OMcHodoy

Bayside Blog

The Genealogy Gals

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