family papers

How to Save Your Life

How to Save Your Life

As you reflect on your life, what moments or thoughts would you like to save? What about some of your family members? Wouldn’t you like to record their opinions on their lives?

Open-ending questions about people’s life experiences yield surprising results. Use these questions to record your thoughts, or start a conversation with a relative. When possible, record the interview on audio or video.

Facebook Live: Preserve Your Papers

Facebook Live: Preserve Your Papers

Family documents are among the most valuable heirlooms in any archives. These papers can provide new information or verify family legends about births, deaths, and marriages. Historians love documents for the details they reveal about relationships and everyday life. In this session, we'll focus exclusively on the preservation needs of your paper-based documents. 

Free E-Course: Save Your Legacy in 7 Days

Free E-Course: Save Your Legacy in 7 Days

Once you know some archival basics, you can adapt professional methods to your family's archives. As a result, you can confidently sort through your family treasures and discover the stories they hold. You can more comfortably make decisions about items worth preserving, and you can wisely invest the resources you have available for the project. You will be in charge of your history instead of the other way around. 

What Does "Archival Quality" Mean?

What Does "Archival Quality" Mean?

When you are creating your family archives, you will most likely have to rehouse your family treasures in suitable storage containers, such as folders, enclosures, and boxes. These items are often described as “archival” or “archival quality” by their manufacturers, but these terms convey no specifics about their preservation use.

Copyright Fundamentals for Family Historians

Copyright Fundamentals for Family Historians

It may seem as though you wouldn’t have to worry about copyright issues when you are creating family history projects. If you have original diaries, photos, and letters in your possession, you might also think that you own the rights to them, especially if they are old. However, even though you may own the physical materials, the author of the documents retains their legal copyright, sometimes for much longer than you would assume.

Save Your Memories Before It's Too Late

Save Your Memories Before It's Too Late

Everything you own and love will fall apart.

Archivists and preservation professionals try to slow down this process as much as possible. Lucky for you, you have access to the techniques utilized to save the finest and rarest artifacts to protect your family treasures.