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Consider starting "Personal Archiving" in 2014

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As Springfield family history and genealogy researchers we often become the recipients of the photos and documents of other family members as well as though we create ourselves. Do you have a plan to create a meaningful "Personal Archiving" process to preserve and organize all of this material that is accumulating? I have tried several time to start doing this, but have still come up short. How have you progressed?

I have recently been reading the new book "Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage," Edited by Donald T. Hawkins, as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer. This book has really reminded me of how important it is to "get at it" in organizing and preserving all of my photos and materials. An early discussion even shares how much the Library of Congress is doing, including working with local libraries to encourage each of us to develop our own plan. Has your local library presented a program on personal archiving? You might consider asking them about it. The Library of Congress website has many useful resources to do this. They also have material of benefit to you and me.

Another excellent recent resource on personal archiving is "How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records," by Denise May Levencik. I have found it very practical and useful, myself, especially from a genealogical perspective. Have you used it? I'd love to hear your comments on your personal archiving plans.

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