Silva rerum (from Latin silva rerum — forest of things), polonized sylwa or and sometimes described as a home chronicle was a specific type of a book, a multi-generational chronicle, kept by many Polish noble families from the 16th through to the 18th centuries. Some authors of modern Polish postmodern literature try to create works similar to the silvae rerum of the past.
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The use of family bibles to record genealogical material is a similar activity.
See also Commonplace book