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Saving guest comment books from funerals, baby namings, anniversaries, etc?

Don't throw out funeral books! They are an important record of other family members, friends, associates, and neighbors -- what Elizabeth Shown Mills has called the family's FAN Club. Studying my ...
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Should I preserve my family Bible in a cedar box?

I'm glad to see this question, because I also have a family Bible that needs to be protected. This is the information I've found so far while researching how to protect our own Bible (I'm not an ...
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Saving guest comment books from funerals, baby namings, anniversaries, etc?

My G-Grandmother passed away in 1959. Last year, I tried reaching out to some distant cousins via postal mail and received no reply. This year, I tried reaching out again, also including a copy of ...
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Storing archival-quality photo pages in a 'regular' binder?

You use an archival-quality binder for the same reason you'd use other archival-quality materials. You don't want low-quality materials to outgas or to leach acid or other unwanted byproducts into ...
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Saving guest comment books from funerals, baby namings, anniversaries, etc?

My daughter pointed out a genuine historical use for saving guest books: She noted that the signatures of one relative at my parent's 50th wedding anniversary guest book, and the same relative's ...
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What is the best way to store my own text records into the future?

I think one of your best bets is to save it as a PDF or another very common file format, and then both upload it to a cloud provider and send copies of it to a couple of relatives who seem interested. ...
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Preserving old Typewritten pages from 1925?

It is difficult to both preserve old documents or photos and also handle them a lot. My suggestion would be to: Scan all the pages (or photograph if it is not possible to place flat on a scanner) ...
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Seeking overhead scanner for public use/rent?

Most large universities and colleges have these sorts of scanners available for use for a nominal fee per scan, or potentially for free, especially if you are an affiliate of the school (i.e. if you ...
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Uncovering residents of cemetery when headstones are losing legibility?

Once you have the weeds out of the way, you can often take a legible photo of a stone that appears too worn to read using off-camera flash. See this question and answer including some before and after ...
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