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

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

by Denise May Levenick

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Organize your family photos, heirlooms, and genealogy records

In every family someone ends up with Mom'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 for 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 or 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440322457
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 08/16/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 721,305
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Denise Levenick is a writer and genealogist who writes about organizing, preserving, and sharing family history at her website, voted one of Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in 2010 and in 2011.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part 1 I Inherited Grandma's Stuff, Now What? 10

Chapter 1 Organize Your Objectives 11

Checkpoint 1 Organize Your Objectives

Chapter 2 Organize Your Plan 19

Checkpoint 2 Set Your Goals and Timeline

Checkpoint 3 Inventory Your Archive

Checkpoint 4 Order Your Storage Supplies

Chapter 3 Organize Assistance From Family Members 38

Checkpoint 5 Enlist Assistance

Chapter 4 Organize Your Archive 44

Checkpoint 6 Sort and Organize Your Archive

Checkpoint 7 Catalog Your Archive

Checkpoint 8 Find a Home for Your Archive

Chapter 5 Organize for the Future 56

Checkpoint 9 Donate Your Family Archive

Checkpoint 10 Plan Your Legacy

Chapter 6 Organize Archival Papers 69

Chapter 7 Organize Archival Photos 79

Chapter 8 Organize Artifacts 90

Part 2 Break the Paper Habit 102

Chapter 9 Organize and Digitize Your Paper Documents 103

It's not practical to eliminate all paper files, but going digital saves storage space and search time. This chapter shows you how to move toward a paperless genealogy office step by step, from scanning to storage.

Chapter 10 Digitize Your Family Archive 115

Digital copies preserve heirloom originals and give you a working copy for research and creative projects. This chapter presents sample workflows to help you safely create digital copies of archive materials.

Chapter 11 Organize Your Paper Files 126

Do you feel buried in a mountain of genealogy papers? This chapter offers practical ideas for a personalized filing system to suit your research style and experience.

Chapter 12 Organize Your Computer 142

Your computer can be a top-notch filing clerk and research assistant with strategies in this chapter for a consistent file-naming system, simple folder structure, and scheduled backup plan.

Part 3 Root Your Research in Strategies for Success 150

Chapter 13 Organize Your Research 151

Productive research begins with organized research methods. This chapter outlines effective research strategies with step-by-step ideas, case study examples, and helpful resource checklists.

Chapter 14 Organize Your Source Citations 168

Without proof, there is no truth. This chapter offers an overview of effective citation styles and helpful checklists for citing your archival materials.

Chapter 15 Organize Your Software Solutions 181

Technology can advance your genealogy research by saving time and effort. This chapter will help you discover useful services to fit your needs, both Web-based and on your computer

Chapter 16 Organize and Discover Research Connections Online 192

Social media services, blogs, forums, and LIST-SERVs can help you find family and break down brick walls. Use the tips in this chapter to expand your genealogy research.

Conclusion 199

Index 200

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How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful!! Everything from A-Z. All you need to know to get it all in order. Two thumbs up from this 'Keeper of the Stuff'.