Comments on: 4 Things To Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy The official blog of Ancestry Mon, 25 May 2015 17:20:44 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Amy Johnson Crowhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-204656 Amy Johnson Crow Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:19:31 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-204656 Michelle — Anything you can do to organize your materials will help when you do to donate them. The question you should ask is, “Would this make sense to a complete stranger who has never seen my research before?”

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By: Michellehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-203713 Michelle Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:38:05 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-203713 Great article. Someone just shared with me that boxes of pedigrees, documents etc. are often donated at a local thrift store and that they generally just put them in the trash compactor because they don’t have the manpower to sift through them and remove sensitive data that might contain information on living. It made me ill and is a good reminder than unless we organize our materials in a manner that helps them have value for the generations that follow, all of our hard work may get tossed in the end.

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By: Friday Finds – 02/28/14http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-203405 Friday Finds – 02/28/14 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:34:16 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-203405 [...] 4 Things To Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy, Ancestry.com [...]

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By: Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – February 2014 | Genealogy & History Newshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-203096 Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – February 2014 | Genealogy & History News Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:22:08 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-203096 [...] 4 Things to Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy You’ve worked hard on your family tree and your research contains countless clues for other researchers. You don’t want to let those materials go to waste. Maybe you have a family member who is as passionate about genealogy as you are and has agreed to take all of your books, notebooks and research papers. But what if you don’t have someone like that who will care for your materials the way you have? If you’ve thought about giving your genealogy to a library or archive, Ancestry.com have come up with some things that you need to consider before you write your will. Read the full article … [...]

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By: Mike Daiglehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-201464 Mike Daigle Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:10:57 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-201464 One thing my direct paternal and maternal family lines did was to have at least 1 person in the family to be the family historian. This person always had at hand a “Skeleton” of the main family lines, so others could easily look for it and then tie in to what everyone on all the families had done. I am VERY fortunate and grateful for them doing this, as it has saved years of needless research. In our lines the historians always have passed on a paper trail and even photos too. You really then appreciate all the sacrifices and persistence our forbearers had. But opposite to the example above, when I have been asked about the family genealogy I simply invited the relative to the tree at ancestry.com and they could look for themselves. Family members have even connected back up with relatives not seen in years.

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By: Amy Johnson Crowhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-200372 Amy Johnson Crow Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:08:42 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-200372 John — While I don’t know the specifics of the collection your colleague was trying access, I can offer the following advice. Many archives cannot provide in-depth research services; there simply isn’t the staff available to do that. I would suggest contacting the archive to see if there is a finding aid for the collection. Finding aids are kind of like a “table of contents” for a collection. Use that to see what types of materials are in there and work from there. So, instead of requesting the entire collection, your colleague could say that he/she is interested in a certain ledger or a specific box.

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By: John J. Cheneverthttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-200368 John J. Chenevert Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:02:36 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-200368 About donating your hard work on your genealogy. I have a fellow amateur genealogist who when she asked her mother for help was told that their family was already done. When she asked her mother where could get a copy she told her it was donated to the Tulane University Archives. When she asked Tulane for use of the files the answer was that was too much info the archive for them to bother looking for it. What a waste!

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By: John J. Cheneverthttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-200367 John J. Chenevert Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:58:27 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-200367 About donating your hard work on your genealogy. I have a fellow amateur genealogist who when she asked her mother for help was told that their family was already done. When she asked her mother where could get a copy she told her it was donated to the Tulane University Archives. When she asked Tulane for use of the files the answer was that was too much info the archive for them to bother looking for it.

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By: Four Things To Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy | Family History Etc.http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-200297 Four Things To Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy | Family History Etc. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:03:16 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-200297 [...] And now she has written something that we all need to consider. Amy Johnson Crow wrote an excellent blog at the Ancestry.com blog site detailing four things that we need to do before we donate out genealogy. Check it out. [...]

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By: Cool GenStuff - Friday 21 February 2014 | Hack Genealogyhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/20/4-things-to-do-before-you-donate-your-genealogy/#comment-200213 Cool GenStuff - Friday 21 February 2014 | Hack Genealogy Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:06:09 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14937#comment-200213 [...] check out these recommendations from Amy Johnson Crow, Genealogy Content Manager at Ancestry.com Things To Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy (via [...]

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