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Donation to Conserve & Digitize Documents From the 1911 New York Capital Fire

In the very early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire got started in the 3rd floor Assembly Library of the New York Capital Building. The fire quickly spread throughout the third floor, then on to the fourth floor and both towers. Many thousands of manuscripts and books went up in flames. However, there […]

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Advice on the Preservation of Your Family Papers

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the November 14, 2013 edition of the El Dorado Springs Sun Online. [Missouri] Secretary of State Jason Kander advised Missourians about significant threats to the long-term preservation of all types of paper records, and the steps they can take to make their family records last. … […]

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Dick Eastman Reminds Us: Back Up Your Genealogy.

Considering how easy it is too lose your data, we all need to heed this advice. From “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter” for November 01, 2013 It is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups! Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it […]

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Original Surveyor’s Plat Map Donated to the Kentucky State Archives

The following excerpt is from an article published in the September 12, 2011 edition of of Henderson, Kentucky. Gen. Samuel Hopkins would be doubly pleased this week. Friday morning the community plans to dedicate the cemetery where he is buried, which had grown up in trees and weeds, but is now practically sparkling new. […]

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National Archives Conservators Reveal Previously Illegible Text in Magna Carta

The following News Release was posted by the National Archives July 20, 2011: Washington, DC… After weeks of intensive conservation treatment, the National Archives has completed the first phase of a major project leading to the re-encasement and public display of Magna Carta. The document – written on parchment in 1297 with iron gall ink […]

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Tips to Preserve Wet Papers Documents & Photographs from the North Carolina State Archives

The following information is from the North Carolina State Archives: RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – If your special papers and photographs are not in plastic, or stored somewhere safe, there are steps that may save water-damaged treasures. Gov. Bev Perdue requested a Disaster Declaration for 18 North Carolina counties touched by fierce thunderstorms this past weekend, […]

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Saving the Water-damaged Items from the Flooded Local History Room at the Rockingham Library

Earlier this moth, a water pipe burst in the Local History Room in the Rockingham Library of Bellow’s Falls, Vermont. The following excerpt is from an article in the December 30, 2010 edition of the Vermont Public Radio website. It details conservation efforts taking place to save some of the precious historic documents. (Host) Earlier […]

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The Boxford Historical Document Center in Boxford, Massachusetts

Boxford {Masachusetts] – Tucked into the heart of West Boxford Village is an unassuming building that houses many of the town’s treasures — the Boxford Historical Document Center. The modest one-story brick building, situated next to the Second Congregational Church at the corner of Washington and Main streets, is jam packed with historical records, photographs, […]

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Do It Now! – Before the Termites Get At It!

Following is another thought-provoking article by my friend, Tom Fiske: A couple years ago I met with a friend, Carolyn, who had an old diary from the 1860’s. It was a handwritten account by her ancestor, Seth B. Reid, who rode his horse from Austin, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana. He was leaving the Confederate […]

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Saving “Stuff” That May Become Artifacts

The following excerpt is from a good article on artifact preservation in the June 1, 2010 Deseret News. The stuff of our lives — the meaningful things we surround ourselves with, find, are given, gather up, inherit — is the stuff of history. “These things may not make big money on ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ but they […]

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These Gloves Aren’t for Gardening…

Are you looking for a special genealogy gift for a friend, family member or for yourself? has some great things for you! Just added and in hot demand are Cotton Gloves for handling those precious artifacts and photos. Also added are birth charts for a boy, girl or a lovely generic tree chart. See […]

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14 Boxes of Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers to Be Available to the Public Shortly

WASHINGTON—The last great archives of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency may soon be available to researchers and the public — 14 boxes of handwritten notes, gifts and correspondence, including a letter from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini congratulating him on his 1933 inauguration. The House on Monday approved a bill to clear the way for the memorabilia […]

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Deadwood, South Dakota’s Historic Documents

The following excerpts are from an article in the November 2, 2009 edition of the Rapid City Journal. The archives at Deadwood’s City Hall hold shelves filled with voting records, county inventory and appraisal ledgers, probate ledgers and other circuit court documents dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s. Many of those documents nearly […]

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Entrepreneur Bill Burch Introduces ArchivaLife – to Document Your Life Story

During the class periods, exhibit halls at conferences can be pretty quiet – if not dead. That’s when the exhibitors themselves get to visit. This was the case at the California Family History Expo a couple weeks ago. One of the booths near my Family Roots Publishing booth was the ArchivaLife exhibit, manned by Bill […]

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Provenience of Carter-Cash Family Items at Virginia Tech Questioned

What happens to your trash when you throw it out? It’s my bet that most of us don’t think twice about throwing out an out-of-date fishing license or our old hotel rewards cards. It seems that some very personal items of this nature have shown up in Carter family memorabilia that that Virginia Tech plans […]

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