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Questions tagged [preservation]

Prevention of data loss, decay or damage to a record. Questions may address the assessment of records, stability of mediums, best practices, treatments, methods of storage, collection, repair, etc.

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Storing archival-quality photo pages in a 'regular' binder?

I have recently inherited a box of various documents and photos. I know the importance of archival-quality photo pages and sleeves, but is there any advantage to using archival-quality binders along ...
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Saving guest comment books from funerals, baby namings, anniversaries, etc?

My mother died last month and left me with all of the family photos and such. Among the two large boxes are guest comment books, the books that people attending funerals and other rites of passage ...
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What is the best way to store my own text records into the future?

Here is what I want to do: Record my memories somewhere they will last for the next 200 years (or as long as possible), so my posterity etc can get at them I'd prefer to use a digital format so ...
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Preserving old Typewritten pages from 1925?

After my grandmother passed away my mother received all of her old photos and documents. I have been going through these and have found an old genealogy manuscript written by a distant relative in ...
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Should I preserve my family Bible in a cedar box?

I have a family bible that was dates back to 1864. When I originally recieved it from my grandmother it was in a cotton zippered pillowcase. It was taken from me for a few years & when I got it ...
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How to preserve deteriorating gravestones, and enlist family support to do so?

My question relates to what can be done to preserve deteriorating gravestones of ancestors, particularly in a South Australian context. I already know it is important to locate and photograph them, ...
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How can I catalog, preserve, and share ephemera?

I just moved in to live with my grandmother. There is a ton of ephemera around, especially from the good old days when local newspapers reported on everything from illness to vacation. How can I ...
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Preservation of original documents and photographs

Over the Christmas period this year I was staying with my elderly Grandfather and knowing my interest in the family history, he pulled out a load of certificates and documents from my late ...
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What is the best way to clean old photographs?

I have some old photos that have smudges of dirt and other unknown stuff on them. These are the things that I have done to try to improve them: White eraser (this has worked okay). Soft cloth (...
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Learning about photo/picture framing with lead back?

I have a watercolour of an English scene done by my grandmother in 1929. It was framed by T.N. Ahuja & Co in Rangoon. The back appears to be lead! Is there something exciting lurking behind or ...
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Seeking overhead scanner for public use/rent? [closed]

While I am unable to purchase an overhead scanner I cannot see another path to digitizing some of the family assets I have. I am hoping such scanners are available for use/rent in e.g., public ...
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How do I digitize documents that are folded or rolled?

I have received many newspaper clippings, certificates, photos, and other invaluable family heirlooms from a relative who would like them returned. Another question has given me great advice about ...
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What are the key characteristics to look for in a document scanner?

I have a flatbed scanner which I would like to supplement with a document scanner given the latter's small desktop footprint and USB power. This will give me the ability to quickly input genealogical ...
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How do I encourage older folk to provide information?

My aging father is very interested in family history. The difficulty is he is interested in finding information about his distant relatives but not interested in telling about himself or his close ...
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What should I be doing to 'preserve' digital media?

The originals of most sources that genealogist use today reside on paper. Many have been digitized to allow easy access, but the original is still a physical piece of paper in some archive. As more '...
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What are the tools and methods actually used by genealogists in their work? [closed]

I am under the impression that amateur genealogists, like most amateurs undergo a rite of passage before turning their hobby into a passion. One of these rites of passage is finding a tool that works ...
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Do photocopiers deteriorate photos and documents worse than scanners?

I think that both deteriorate the originals, but is photocopying worse than scanning? Both use lights (and flashes on cameras are said to be bad) in the process. Can anyone explain the difference ...
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Uncovering residents of cemetery when headstones are losing legibility?

My relatives are in a cemetery where the gravestones are losing their readability. The hamlet office does not know who is buried in some of the graves anymore and they have asked our family for help. ...
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Handling and storage tips for old Family Bible

I have an old Bible that was printed about 1821. The Bible belonged to my second great grandfather, Ephriam Benn. I want to preserve the Bible, and I want to share information about the Bible with ...