Preservation

  • Birth to Death and the Dash in Between

    Jan 21

    The following poem by Linda Ellis provides insight to the placement of a dash between a birth and death dates. “For that dash represents all the time“ that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.” This is the reason families need the family tree, the family lineage and not just t...

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  • Family Artifacts to Keep

    Jan 1

    Lucky are the descendants of people who thought enough ahead to make sure certain family treasures were saved and passed on to the next generation. There are some major categories of artifacts you, as the present generation,  can save from your ancestors or present family. Save These: Household, Jewelry and Hobby Items - your grandfather favori...

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  • Stories by Our Veterans

    Nov 11

    Rare is the family who does NOT have one or two living military veterans in their family today. The Veterans History Project connected with the US Library of Congress should be one of the first places you not only do research but also see that your living veterans have their stories recorded and saved forever. On the site of Veterans History Pro...

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  • Digital Access in the Future

    Sep 7

    Scanning your treasure family photos and documents is very necessary. However, make sure you also have all those scanned images on several different storage devices -- including flash drives, discs, external and portable storage devices. Plus make sure other members of the family have copies or copies are kept in a safe deposit box. Now that takes ...

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  • Saving Documents

    Aug 1

    You do not want to loose family records, documents, letters, photos, records, journals, etc that have been handed down over the decades. So what is the best method to preserve them? Of course keeping them in a fire-proof, water-proof location is a start. Never expose them to heat, sunshine, cold weather, etc. Keep insects and mold away from your ...

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  • May – Historic Preservation Month

    May 3

    Historic Preservation Month was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971 to provide examples of local preservation efforts in America. Preservation Month during May is observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, historical speake...

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  • National Registry of Historic Places

    Jan 31

    This National Registry was created in 1966 to keep a permanent record of information and available photos of some of the nation's most prized historic locations. In 2016 there were 931 such locations in the national registry. Now you might think these would only be the most famous places such as Mount Vernon, etc. The answer is NO. Instead, this N...

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  • A Family Tree Researcher’s Gift List

    Dec 9

    Every generation, every family has at least one relative who gathers, collects and preserves the family history. They may have just started or been at the task for years. Each one of them does have a wish list of supplies, sources and databases they wish they had to assist in the research. So do you have one or two such individuals that you could p...

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  • Preserve Family History at Library of Congress

    Jul 11

    The Library of Congress for the United States has been collecting and preserving national, state and local histories for centuries, this includes some 50,000 compiled family histories. Many family histories also cover when families lived in other nations outside of the United States before they immigrated to America. Some key items to include or k...

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  • Add Data to Scanned Family Photos

    Feb 19

      One of the best activities you can do to help preserve the family heritage is to scan the numerous family photos. That includes gathering those collections of photos from other family members. During the cold winter months or in the heat of summer, set aside time to at least start or finish that project. It is so great to have all those ima...

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