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Producing a Quality Family History — Now in Hardcover

Last year I reviewed Producing a Quality Family History, which I have copied below. This helpful guide is now available in hardcover from Family Roots Publishing. The hardcover looks just like the softcover, with the same four-color printed cover, only laminated and bound as a hardback. If you missed picking up a copy of this […]

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Hart Island, The Largest Mass Grave Site In the U.S.

The following excerpt is from Gizmodo.com website, 11/07/13 It’s a place where few living New Yorkers have ever set foot, but nearly a million dead ones reside: Hart Island, the United States’ largest mass grave, which has been closed to the public for 35 years. It is difficult to visit and off-limits to photographers. But […]

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Fire at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco Scanning Center

Wednesday morning at about 3:30 a.m., a fire got started at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center. No data was lost, but about $600,000 in high end digitization equipment was destroyed. The scanning building was also badly damaged. According to their blog, no one was hurt. The main building wasn’t affected except for damage […]

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Vandals Damage Headstones at Canton (New York) Cemetery

CANTON, NY — Vandals knocked over headstones and did other damage Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery on Riverside Drive in the town. St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies said 36 headstones were knocked over or displaced. Flags and flower pots also were broken. The Rev. Douglas J. Lucia said visitors noticed things were out […]

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

Archiving valuables and keepsakes is a perpetual problem for the family historian. This may be even more true for the family member who is not a “genealogists” or “family historian” but finds themselves the keeper of the family’s history and heirlooms. Important questions arise, such as the following: What should I actually archive? Should I […]

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Producing a Quality Family History

What does it take to put together a family history worth reading? The short answer is time, money, and effort. However, after all the work you have done in researching, collecting documents, gathering pictures, sorting, and recording genealogies and family stories, putting a family history together should seem like a piece of cake. To help […]

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Digital Family History Preservation from Gen-Ark

The following story was uncovered at prnewswire.com: Preserving Your Family History Gets Easier, More Reliable with New Service from Gen-Ark™ Cloud-based, Full-Service Gen-Ark Protects and Maintains the Sentimental Content of Digital Estates and Family Archives SEATTLE, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Every day, millions of pieces of family history are lost to a natural disaster or […]

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Writing the Family Narrative

Eventually, most genealogist come to realize that years of collected data, records, diaries, pictures, heirlooms, and more cannot endlessly pile up in boxes and still serve living or future generations. Organizing and sharing volumes of data in a practical and digestible manner becomes a problem. The solution for many is the publishing of a family […]

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Answering the Popular Question: How to Preserve Your Family Photographs

Over the years, as I operated a publishing business and spoke at genealogy events, I have been asked time and again questions about archiving and preservation. In particular, I found researchers are concerned about preserving their family photos. Family photos are priceless as both personal memories and often as the only visual connection one may […]

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A Preservation Guide

What is the best option for preserving an old photograph? Store it in acid free packaging in an environmentally controlled room? Scan it and store digital copies on CDs, DVDs, Hard Drives, or other digital device? If saved digitally, how should the digital media be stored? The answers to these questions are not always as […]

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Protect Your Precious Documents

Every genealogist has something special worth preserving. From their own research to family photographs, from ancestral diaries to family heirlooms there are countless treasures to be collected and given the best preservation possible. Protect Your Precious Documents was written to help genealogist in the preservation process. Author Louise St. Denis educates the reader on the […]

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A Reminder To Preserve Copies of Your Family History

A recent article in the Allied News, from Grove City, Pennsylvania, serves as a key reminder as to why creating and keeping offsite copies of family photos and information is so important. Family history goes up in flames FINDLEY — Fire destroyed a 107-year-old farmhouse at 62 Courtney Lane, Findley Township, Wednesday, taking with it […]

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