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    In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff.” It is the goal of The Family Curator to inspire, enlighten, and encourage other family curators in their efforts to preserve and share their own family treasures.

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    The Practical Archivist and 3 Secrets You Need To Know

    Sally Jacobs, a professional archivist by day and practical archivist sharing her wisdom by night, hosted a great online chat yesterday that is now available in archived edition. Sally shares 3 Secrets Every Accidental Archivist Needs to Know and answers questions about rescuing photos, scrapbooks and other family treasures.

    I'm a long-time fan of Sally's blog, The Practical Archivist, and her down-to-earth approach to preserving all the stuff we inherit from our ancestors. In fact, Sally was the driving force behind my photo tutorial on How to Relax and Rehumidify Old Rolled Photographs.

    She understands that we can't save everything and offers very practical suggestions to help choose what to save and what to let go -- Tip: most people want photos of their ancestors, not so much photos of places they visited. Sally even gives a short list of the kinds of photos to keep (hint: remember the dog!).

    If you missed Sally's chat yesterday, be sure to bookmark the site and spend some time reviewing her comments and the Q&A at the end.


    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!