The American Library Association has declared this week (April 27 to May 3) National Preservation Week. “Every year a branch of the American Library Association invites families and individuals to help preserve the records at their local libraries, and the records they have at home, for use by future generations.” What starts as a week’s commitment may continue for a lifetime, especially if you get hooked on saving your family papers, photographs, and history. If you’re curious about what your library is doing and what you can do to help, contact them. If you want to work on family papers and photographs, you still might want to contact your library. See if it has its own preservation program. Librarians can offer advice and help. Other sources of help are local genealogical and/or historical societies.
Below is a sampling of books and websites that may also be of help to you.
DuMar, Kelly. Before You Forget: The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Sherborn, MA: Red Pail Press, 2001. 808.066 DuMAR
Ralph, LeAnn R. Preserve Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide for Interviewing Family Members and Writing Oral Histories. Colfax, WI: LeAnn R. Ralph, 2007 929.1 R13P
Frisch-Ripley, Karen. Unlocking the Secrets in Old Photographs. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1991. 929.1 F91U
Ledoux, Denis. The Photo Scribe, a Writing Guide: How to Write the Stories Behind Your Photographs. Lisbon Falls, ME: Soleil Press, 1999. 808.066 C73W
Taylor, Maureen Alice. Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Your Precious Family Images. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2001. 771.46 TAYLOR
Tuttle, Craig A. An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs. Highland City, FL: Rainbow Books, 1995. 025.84 T88O
Braun, Bev. Crafting Your Own Heritage Album. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2000. 929.1 B73C The main goal of this work is to demonstrate how to illustrate and preserve your family history and genealogy in an album/scrapbook format using materials that will not damage your certificates, photographs and other mementos.
Clark, David and Adam Juniper. Our Family Archive: Super-Simple Tolls to Create a Digital Family Scrapbook. Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest, 2009. I like this book for it’s succinct definitions and explanations. It is actually a good introductory book to genealogy. It comes with a disk designed to help you set up an online scrapbook that you can use to document your family’s history. You can include scanned documents, photos, family trees… Checking online, I discovered people who used this program liked it for the online scrapbooking. However, others had a warning. Be careful investing your time in this program if you want to go further back into your family’s history. This software does not transfer to other online databases that you might want to use, such as Ancestry or FamilySearch or to genealogical software programs you may eventually obtain for keeping track of your ancestors such as Legacy or Family Tree. Once you have spent your time entering your material into this program, you are not going to want to do it all over again into another program. Make sure whatever online program you are using is easily transferable into other programs.
SAVING MEMORIES THROUGH COOKBOOKS
The Keepsake Cookbook: Gathering Delicious Memories One Recipe at a Time by Belinda Hulin. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2011. 641.5 H87K
Charles, Rebecca. Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie: Three Generations of Recipes and Stories from Summers on the Coast of Maine. New York: Regan Books, 2003. 641.597 CHARLES This book is the best example in this section of what can be done when you combine remembrances of family members with food.
Baldridge, Aimee. Organize Your Digital Life: How to Store Your Photographs, Music, Video, and Personal Documents in a Digital World. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2009. 006.6 B19O
Sturdevant, Katherine Scott. Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2002. 929.1 STURDEVANT
“Digital Commonwealth and the Boston Public Library”
Library of Congress
“Preserving, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures”
FamilyArchives.com Getting Started
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Newton Free Library
Library website: http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog: https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide: http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy