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Family History & Heirlooms


  • 929.1 MAN. The Unofficial Family Archivist: A Guide to Creating and Maintaing Family Papers, Photographs, and Memorabilia (Mannon 2011).
  • 929.1 MAY. How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia & Genealogy Records (Levenick 2012).
  • 929.1 TAY. Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Care for Your Family Photographs - From Daguerreotypes to Digital Imaging (Taylor 2010).
  • The Care and Handling of Family Papers, Photographs, and Essential Records) tutorials by State Archives of NC
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  • Saving Your Treasures: A TV show featuring advice from professional archivists; you can watch it online.
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  • Plastics Identification: For archival use. PDF Download.
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  • Caring for Textiles
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  • 929.1 FLE. The Organized Family Historian (Fleming 2004).
  • 929.1 STU. Organizing & Preserving Your Heirloom Documents (Sturdevant 2002).
  • Organize Your Records
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  • Binder, Notebooks, or Folders?
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  • The Organized Genealogist: A website with a blog and a very active facebook page. Find suggestions ranging from simple tips to descriptions of entire filing systems. Worth browsing.
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Passing Family History On

  • 641.59 PHI. From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes (Philibert-Ortega 2012).
  • 745.5 WIN. Scrapbooking for Home Decor: How to Create Frames, Boxes, and Other Beautiful Items from Photographs and Family Memories (Windham 2012).
  • 745.593 MAS. The Art of the Family Tree: Creative Family History Projects Using Paper Art, Fabric & Collage (Mason 2007).
  • 907.2 HAR. The Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and Friends (Hart & Samson 2009).
  • 929.1 MOR. More than Memories: The Complete Guide for Preserving Your Family History (1998).
  • 929.1 STR. Guide to Genealogical Writing : How to Write and Publish Your Family History (Stratton & Hoff 2014).
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Cyndi's List is a huge collection of genealogy links set up by topic. See:

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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Family History & Heirlooms: Preserving, Organizing, and Passing On Your Family Stories
Revised: 21 March 2022

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