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LEH 354 The Family Jewels: Exploring Your History: Saving Family Records

This guide will suggest primary and secondary sources helpful in researching family stories.

Dangers to Family Records

Light

Heat

Humidity

Water

Fire

War

Acidic Paper

Dirt/ Hand Oils

Harddrive Failure

Storage Locations:

    Basements

    Attics

Recommendations

Start with yourself, then your parents, your grandparents...

Write down as much as you know.

Ask others what they know about the family.

If willing, ask others to allow you to make copies.

Possibilities: photocopy, photograph, scan

***Redundancy... Back Ups***

Make extra copies of  documents, computer files...

Share with other family members.

Capture on digital cameras, cell phones.

Save to CD's, flashdrives, and even print copies to

...photographic or acid free paper.