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From: "Douglas A. Adams" <>
Subject: re: Genealogical Legacy
Date: 07 Dec 96 00:13:50 EST
I like the answers which said to donate your material to a historical or
genealogical society or library. I would hope that any donation would be in good
order, so that those that would use the material would know the sources of your
I am very aware of this problem. My mother had done much research on many
branches of our family, but died unexpectedly 10 years ago. When I took over her
files (figuring that if I didn't, her research would be lost), I had much
back-tracking to do to find out where she found the information, and had to
organize it in a manner that had meaning for me. Thank goodness for the
computer. Which brings up another solution. Why not save your information on
computer disks (Gedcom) also?
As for me, I am waiting for the delivery of a book on one branch of my family
which will include all I know about this family and has documentation included.
Even if you don't publish a book, you may wish to compile your information in
book form. My book includes endnotes (at the end of each chapter), a
bibliography and index (this is very manageable with a word processing program).
Some genealogy programs will "write" a book for you (The Master Genealogist).
For this same family, I have several notebooks which contain family group
sheets, pictures (especially of tombstones), copies of deeds, census records,
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