Weekly Planner: Dust Off and Protect Forgotten Files

If you have some old paper files that you haven’t worked with in a while, pull them out and examine them. What condition are they in? Are important records in sheet protectors? Carefully remove any staples, clips, or paper clips that may rust, and remove rubber bands that may melt. Look for signs of deterioration and evidence of pests. Are the storage conditions prolonging the files’ longevity or hastening their demise? Look for information on preservation in the Ancestry.com Learning Center by searching the Library for the term “preservation,” locate information online or in reputable publications, or seek professional advice. The steps you take now to preserve these records will increase the odds that you’ll be able to refer to them down the road.

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