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Genealogy Resources

Legacy & Artifacts

We need to make sure we document and preserve those heirlooms we have inherited so that they can tell the story of our ancestor's lives long after we are gone.

  • Celebrating the Family -- The Guide to Understanding Your Family History. By the editors of Friedman/Fairfax, 2002. An introduction to nine areas of family history, including photography safeguards and preservation, scrapbooking, interviewing, researching and writing a family history, communicating with family, and planning reunions.

  • The Collections of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Online.  Colonial Williamsburg's collections encompass more than 60,000 examples of fine, decorative, mechanical, and folk art. Included are American, British, and Continental ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, costumes, tools, firearms, numismatics, metals, prints, maps and drawings from the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as well as outstanding examples of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century American folk art.
  • Fleming, Ann Carter. The Organized Family Historian: How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms. Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004.

  • Kansas State Historical Society. Preserve.

  • Kim, Kennis. Conserving, Preserving, and Restoring Your Heritage. Toronto, Ontario: Dundurn Press, 2010. This book contains twelve chapters, each treating a different artifact class. Chapters start with an overview, followed by preservation concerns, including conservation, storage, display, and when to call a conservator.

  • Library of Congress. The Care and Handling of Books.

  • Library of Congress. The Care, Handling and Storage of Motion Picture Film.
  • Maran Graphics. Maran Illustrated: Knitting & Crocheting. Thomson Course Technology PTR, 2005.
  • Matthews, Tony. Memory Trees -- Family Trees for the Scrapbooker. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., 2003, 2004 reprint.

  • Minnesota Historical Society. Preserving family history.

  • Northwest Document Conservation Center. Conservation Treatment for Works of Art and Unbound Artifacts on Paper by Mary Todd Glaser.
  • Scrapbook Preservation Society.
  • Taylor, Maureen. Scrapbooking Your Family History. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2003.
  • Thomson, George. The Illuminated Lettering Kit, Materials, Techniques, and Projects for Decorative Calligraphy. Chronicle Books, 2004.
  • War Letters. The Legacy Project preserves soldiers' letters from wars historical and modern.
  • Wulf, Loretta. "Delving into Your Family History Through Antique Furniture." Everton's Genealogical Helper 59:2 (March/April 2005) pages 25-29.
  • Zimmerman, Bill. My Memory Quilt: A Family History Pack. Chronicle Books, 2004. Includes 24 paper quilt squares to help you get started.