Planning a Future for Your Family's Past: How to Organize Your Genealogy Materials and Make Decisions About Your Collection
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 100 pages
Author: M. Burk Wood
Publisher: Independently Published
Keep your family’s past alive to pass to future generations!
Old photos, genealogical documents, ancestors' stories, and artifacts are vital to understanding your family’s past—and they belong to your family’s future. This concise step-by-step guide will show you how to organize and pass your genealogy collection and family history to the next generation.
Whether you’re new to genealogy or have years of experience, you’ll find practical ideas and learn how to: sort your genealogy collection into logical categories, safely store and label your materials, inventory and index for new insights, decide what to keep and what to give away, write instructions for your collection’s future and bring family history alive now. Includes sample forms and links to online resources to help you put a personalized PASS plan into action.
Introduction to the PASS process
- Prepare by organizing materials
- Allocate ownership
- Set up a genealogical "will"
- Share with heirs
4. Organizing digital files and emails
6. Record your family tree
7. Sort items for the family
8. Find outside homes for artifacts
I've bought books and read articles about organising my accumulated family history stuff before. Marian Burk Wood has a different approach that she calls the PASS Plan. Not only is there a step-by-step approach to organising one's physical and digital material but also how to index it so one can find it again. She then suggests allocating your prized (history) possessions to family members and providing ways to share your research so they become interested enough to care about their own ancestry. I'm trying hard to follow this guide and I keep it handy so I don't stray too far from my goal.
I had already been archiving my family history but this has given me further ideas to streamline the process and has provided me with much needed guidance as to how to ensure it is passed on in a easy and understandable format for future generations. It is not preachy or do as I say. It just provides ideas, suggestions with explanations so that the reader can adjust their legacy to the way it best suits them. I would highly recommended it for those who have begun or ever wondered how to go about this important process.