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

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How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn how to preserve family photos, memorabilia & genealogy records

  • Organize the boxes of your parents'stuff that you inherited
  • Decide which family heirlooms to keep and toss
  • Protect and pass on keepsakes
  • Organize genealogy files and paperwork

By Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator

US $24.99 (CAN $25.99)
V6476 ISBN 13: 978-1-4403-2223-5 ISBN 10: 1-4403-2223-6
9 781440 322235

From the Back Cover

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.



PART 1: I Inherited Grandma’s Stuff, Now What?

  • Chapter 1 Organize Your Objectives
    CHECKPOINT 1: Organize Your Objectives
  • Chapter 2 Organize Your Plan
    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
    CHECKPOINT 5: Enlist Assistance
  • Chapter 4 Organize Your Archive
    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
    CHECKPOINT 9: Donate Your Family Archive
    CHECKPOINT 10: Plan Your Legacy
  • Chapter 6 Organize Archival Papers
  • Chapter 7 Organize Archival Photos
  • Chapter 8 Organize Artifacts

PART 2: Break the Paper Habit

  • Chapter 9 Organize and Digitize Your Paper Documents
    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
    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
    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
    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

  • Chapter 13 Organize Your Research
    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
    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
    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
    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.



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