This post is part of the The Genealogy Blog Party: Remember the Descendants hosted by Elizabeth at My Descendants Ancestors
Her question this month:
HOW WILL YOU PRESERVE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH FOR YOUR DESCENDANTS?
My answer is one word: ORGANIZED!!
Now, let me expand on my answer. As the one in the family that has been designated “the keeper of the memories”, I have inherited boxes upon boxes of family history materials over the past quarter century. Sadly, most of it arrives in a jumbled mess that other family members did not want to deal with. But, they knew I would. Thankfully that saved many priceless family treasures from the trash bin.
I am slowly going through the boxes: sorting, purging, and filing each item. The goal is to leave my descendants a concise, organized, accessible family archive that they are willing to preserve for the next generation.
Even in the day of digital research, our end genealogy products must be organized and accessible for future generations to use. After all, digital “clutter” will be even easier for future generations to trash than the paper piles passed to us.
My tip for every genealogist is to leave an organized genealogy collection worthy of your family archive, one that your descendants would be loath to throw away!