Teresa RickettsI made a genealogy calender for my family for Christmas, my daughter wants it when i die, i put it out on the web, have a private webpage for my family if they still use it lol. have it on backup for my family
Ruth Morrissey StMarieMade a folder for each of my children and some of my cousins (those who have expressed interest) with all the info I have in it, and made them each an 'editor' on my on-line trees
Cathy CaddWhat a great question. One I have been thinking about alot. I have tons of binders of documents, photos. Who gets those when I am gone? I am sure my kids wont want them. I have all my trees on Ancestry.com but if I am gone will those be deleted? I have in past made ged files and given to interested family members but I think they might have just been polite. Do genealogy societies want this stuff? I look forward to hearing what others are doing about this.
Mark StickleI agree with Kathy: I have thought about this too, and would sure like to get a good dialogue started. If the census records and things like that are gone, they can always be reconstructed. But the stories and photos, and personal histories will be gone forever . . . (Of course, I always regret that I didn't start earlier and collect even more, but that's another story!)
Heather WilliamsCathy they will only be gone on Ancestry.com if you delete your account. if you just stop subscribing it will still be there. i have given my daughter my log in details for Ancestry so she can add to 'our' tree, now or after i'm gone.
Candace Johnson FoxI have a digital copy and paper copies of everything. I will leave all of it to the child who shows the most interest in it when the time comes, whether it be one of my kids or another child in the family. My hope is someone continues and remembers me for making it available to them.
Kate ThayerI have it all online at Family Tree; I make sure each side to he family has a copy of my files and I am currently making Genealogy Binders for all three of my children so they will have copies of the most recent info and all the old pictures.
Erin Gergen HallsEverything here is excellent preservation advice! I would add that one of the most important things I do is talk about this research, and our ancestors, to my kids often. My kids are lucky to have known their great-grandparents well, and I knew a couple of mine, but beyond that it is easy to just lose an ancestor, whole generations of them! When I began this process my own extended family had virtually nothing for me to go on! By sharing how important it is to keep our ancestors alive through documentation, and by keeping them interested by sharing the thrill of discovery, I hope they will continue being the "keepers of records" and pass that down through our future family tree
Su Lynn HansonBesides my paper files, and ancestry files under each root family, for docs and pics etc. on pc, I have started a private group family page on FB...we have about 20....right now I am the main poster of pics and stories, family history, but some at contributing as well, and have several that have been encourages to keep going. Doing a Our Day in Family History...marriages births, deaths with a story orpic if I have it and hope there stop my grand cousins ans cousins will as well. Developing that calendar now. Also Ancestry.com, which I love. Hope they are all saving on their pc or copying...this way we can share , as every person has items the rest do not.
Pam Redd WarrenCheck with the organization or library to which you plan to donate your records to find out what format they will accept. I don't think most libraries will accept binders or lose papers, even if they are organized.
Joe GarciaGood Points. I was just talking to my kids, and they dont want it. Not sure if I want to donate to internet. Leaving my wishes in a will is a great idea. Probably will donate it all to the local Genealogy Society.
David ClappScouted out secure nonprofits for donations of thoroughly annotated, indexed, and carefully preserved originals. Earlier I used my training in archives and conservation to stabilize and preserve hundreds of letters, other manuscripts, and thousands of photographs passed on by ancestors. My ultimate goal is to create an institutional grant that funds research into the families I have studied.
Cherie DeMicheleI put it all on a PUBLIC family tree on ancestry. I will NEVER understand the thinking of people who have their family trees made private or who don't want to share genealogical information. What's the POINT then? With that way of thinking, why be involved with genealogy at all then? I just get annoyed when I see things on ancestry.com that say Private. These people apparently don't understand what the point of genealogy IS!