Sunday, 19 March 2006

Less clutter in your life

One hazard of being a genealogist is being swamped by the mass of books, papers and data CDs that gather in our home as if a vacuum is drawing them in. Its an occupational hazard, we must have documentation to support our family history. As older family members die we collect their family documents, photographs and heirlooms too valuable to throw away, or that should at least be sorted to find the valuable buried information The more extensive our family tree the more documentation accumulates. Then it gets worse as you gather social and local histories to put your ancestors in the context of their times. There should be insurance, or one of those programs for addicts like Al-Anon. In the next few weeks I plan on posting a few suggestions on how to deal with this problem that seems to plague the genealogical community.

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