How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 208 pages
Author: D. Levenick
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781440322235
Other: tables, index
Publisher: Family Tree Books

In every family someone ends up with Mum's and Dad's "stuff" - a lifetime's worth of old family photos, papers, and memorabilia packed into boxes, trunks and suitcases. This inheritance can be as much a burden as it is a blessing. How do you organize your loved one's estate in a way that honors your loved one, keeps the peace in your family and doesn't take over your home or life? 'How to Archive Family Keepsakes' gives you step-by-step advice fro how to organize, distribute and preserve family heirlooms.

You’ll learn how to:
- Organize the boxes of your parents’ stuff that you inherited
- Decide which family heirlooms to keep
- Donate items to museums, societies, and charities
- Protect and pass on keepsakes
- Create a catalog of family heirlooms
- Organize genealogy files and paperwork
- Digitize family history records
- Organize computer files to improve your research

Whether you have boxes filled with treasures of are helping a parent or relative downsize to a smaller home this book will help you organize your family archive and preserve your family history for future generations.


Part 1: I Inherited Grandma's Stuff, Now What?
1. Organize Your Objectives
2. Organize Your Plan
- Set your goals and timelines
- Inventory your archive
- Order your storage supplies
3. Organize Assistance From Family Members
4. Organize Your Archive
- Sort and organize your archive
- Catalog your archive
- Find a home for your archive
5. Organize for the Future
- Donate your family archive
- Plan your legacy
6. Organize Archival Paper
7. Organize Archive Photos
8. Organize Artifacts

Part 2: Break the Paper Habit
9. Organize and Digitize Your Paper Documents
10. Digitize Your Family Archive
11. Organize Your Paper Files
12. Organize Your Computer

Part 3: Root Your Research in Strategies for Success
13. Organize Your Research
14. Organize Your Source Citations
15. Organize Your Software Solutions
16. Organize and Discover Research Connections Online


1 Review
  • Thought provoking

    Posted by Duncan Stewart on 18th Dec 2018

    This book, whilst American, has enough thought provoking information and ideas for items that you have lying around the house and haven't govenuch thought to as to how they should be kept for the future. For me, definitely worthwhile getting.

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