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What better way for someone to fully understand something then to hear or read it directly from the source. Start today by keeping a daily journel of you and others that are in your home.
It doesnt have to be in a book but it can also be kept online. Write as much as you need to in order to paint a picture of your life. Besure to include any medical that might run in the family, the joys and hardships youve faced, life as a child anything that you think might be useful to your family in the generations to come.
When our elders or loved ones pass they take the stories and memories with them. Set up a time to speak to them about their own lives and what it was like living in their days. Ask them about their parents and grandparents or other loved ones that were around. If you have anything handed down through the family ask them to explain it or a story behind that makes it special. This doesnt have to be any professional it can be written or recorded on audio tape to be digitized later. You will most likely see that most people enjoy telling stories of the past.
Sort & declutter every piece that is going to be stored. Sometimes not every clipping or poorly developed photo needs to be preserved. Take stock of what you have in front of you. Make note of photo sizes, negatives, copies vs. originals, size of garments, your inventory list will come in handy later on. Set aside items that are in need of repair by a professionals.
Think about how the items are going to be viewed, if at all. Do you anticipate photobooks being viewed often by other family memebers or our they going to be stored out of site for good.
What can you make copies of or needing developed. Remember you can make copies of almost everything you have to be displayed or handled without doing damage to the originals.
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