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What Will Happen To Your Genealogical & Research Material?



Taken from: McClain County, Oklahoma Quarterly Newsletter,
Joyce Rex, Editor
McClain County Historical & Genealogy Society
© Joyce Rex
Used here with Permission


Will your children, distant relations, house cleaners simply TOSS out all your carefully gathered family data into the trash after YOU are gone? Will your years of research be lost forever? Maybe some distant cousin would have loved to even be able to have looked over them! How often have busy executors of estates simply disposed of records without even going through them in the busy days after deaths and breaking up of households! Perhaps the executors are from out of state and need to get home, or an uninterested lawyer short of time!
You should write down and place with your will and other important papers, a clear and definite set of instructions to make sure WHAT is to be done with them. It can be as simple as a appointing a friend or relative to go over the material and giving them authority to sort them over and dispose of leftovers.

  • FAMILY RECORDS AND MATERIALS PERTAINING TO THEM:  Give to a relative or person interested in them, after the immediate family members have first choice. (List them.)
  • AREA BOOKS, RECORDS, MAGAZINES OR PHOTOS should be given to the county historical society or museum.
    • Webmasters note: For Logan County, the Oklahoma Territorial Museum is a great place for these records to be donated.
  • OUT OF IMMEDIATE AREA RECORDS, BOOKS, PERIODICALS OR PHOTOS to the STATE historical society collection.
    • It is a good idea to call and see if they want them before you box and deliver things. Sometimes they can suggest an alternate place.

Of course, the ideal way would be to have all of your material sorted, labeled and published! We try, but there is always something new discovered after you publish a family history. Completing a big wall chart is another item that seems to spawn new discoveries. The best thing to do as you are working is to divide your materials into general areas. Keep your loose papers sorted by subject or family into file folders in a cabinet and save a separate shelf on your bookcase (s) for each area and/or family.
Organize your records to make it easier while you are living, and for your executor after you have passed on!


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Updated: Friday, 08-Aug-2008 10:21:52 CDT

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