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    Organize Genealogy Research Materials: Blog Book Tour Visits The Practical Archivist

    Got Genealogy Records? What to do when you inherit Uncle Joe’s Family Group Sheets

    Today the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour visits Sally Jacobs, The Practical Archivist. When Sally and I first talked about possible Guest Post subjects she was quick to suggest a post on inheriting genealogy records.

    Anyone who received a family history bequest might wonder, "What do I do now? Do I have to save ALL this stuff?"

    The easy answer is, "Yes" and "No." 

    Organize Archival Papers: Genealogy Research Materials
    Book Excerpt from How to Archive Family Keepsakes

    Guest Post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator, author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes (Family Tree Books, 2012).

    Were you lucky enough to inherit your great-grandmother’s marriage certificate? and photograph? If so, you’ve certainly marked them for preservation and digitization. But what do you do with inherited genealogy research – computer printouts, census copies, family group sheets, and photocopies of old books?

    Are you a second or third generation genealogist? Does research run in your genes? Does your family archive include boxes of genealogy research, printed pedigree charts, handwritten family group sheets, and carefully photocopied source material? (continue reading at the Practical Archivist) . . .

    and P.S. -- Week 2 GIVEAWAY

    Sally is the brains behind the Family History Oversize Archive Kit, this week's prize in the Blog Book Tour Giveaway. One family curator will win this practical archival storage kit that includes a copy of my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes, an oversize archival storage box, and 25 archival oversize archival envelopes. Enter to Win by leaving a comment at The Practical Archivist Blog Tour post today. You can have another chance to win every day by leaving your comment at each stop on the tour!

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    Reader Comments (3)

    I can certainly relate to this post/part of the book. My husband keeps asking me why I am the one in the family earmarked for everyone's stuff. Someone passes on and the stuff shows up at my house. You are very correct. You don't have to save everything, you just need to evaluate what you have and go from there.

    Wonderful book!

    January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

    Wendy, Thank you for the kind words. It sounds like we share the same role as the designated family "keeper." I'm glad you are finding my book helpful.

    Thanks for joining us on the Book Tour. ~ Denise

    January 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterFamily Curator

    I have been given so many things from my various lines. I really need to do a better job of being the "keeper of all things" as my mom calls me. I need your book!

    January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheri
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