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3 Critical Tips about Preserving Your Family History

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If you are not working to preserve what you have access to, it will be gone and you will kick yourself for the loss. Here are a few tips from my blogging pal at Genealogy Tip of the Day along with some of my remarks about the tip.

Save the Photo and the Facts Behind the Photos

For pictures, make certain to include identification if you have it, who made the digital image, where they got it, and who made identification.

Photos without identification are worthless to the vast majority of people. They will end up in the trash bin or in some random box at an estate sale for a crazy person to gather. Some of those crazy people have good hearts and want to reunite photos with families. However, their task is extremely difficult when there is very little information to go off of.

Don’t make your family choose between saving photos or tossing them because you didn’t record what you knew (or asked someone)!

Related blog post: How to Preserve the Treasures in Your Home

Share Your Perspective

Be certain to include what you remember about relatives you knew growing up as well. And who knows, when writing your own stories down, you may get some insight into that ancestor who has you stuck

Amen, Brother! I think about the story my Grannie shared about playing cards with her mother. My Grannie was such a cheat. She could see the reflection of her mother’s cards in her mother’s glasses and would use that sneak peek to triumph regularly. Naughty little girl! But, this story tells me so much about my Grannie and her mother.

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Give Priority to the Perishable

… consider the fragility of the source. Some sources, particularly the minds of relatives, photographs, and tombstones are more fragile than other records.

People, places, and stuff are just as perishable as the bananas I buy from the store weekly. These family history resources age rapidly and lose the quality of the resource if not used quickly. When I teach family history classes, I don’t start building a tree, I start with curating the perishable.

The tree can be built ‘anytime’ but the memories are lost quickly.

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