Share your Records
I have been very lucky with my genealogy research because I have 'inherited' many boxes full of photos and documents. The problem is preservation. With literally thousands of documents, photos, old newspapers,family letters, and notes, it soon became impractacle for me to adequately store and preserve the wealth of papers.
But, I found a solution that not only preservs all these papers and photos, but allows others access to them as well.
I have begun scanning everything to my computer. Each box of papers is organized and scanned then stored on CDs. When I have a file box full of papers that have been scanned, I take it to my local library or Family History center (by prior agreement). These facilities are able to preserve precious papers so that the can be made available to researchers many years from now. My local genealogical center was thrilled to be offered such papers and call every few weeks to know if any more are ready.
The agreement is that they are donated as a permanent loan and that any researcher or family member is to be allowed access in perpetuity.
My records are safe from disaster and time.
The added bonus is that I don't have to have room to store (4) file cabinets full of genealogy info or worry about it getting tossed if something happens to me.
Hope this helps someone.
on 2006-06-16 08:23:40
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