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Scanner vs Photographer about Genealogy Documents
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Scanning vs Photographing Genealogy Documents

When would photographing your genealogy documents serve you better than scanning them? If you have inherited a mountain or room full of genealogy papers or you need to downsize your archive, you need to digitize the contents so others can access and use the data. The overwhelming task forces the challenge of quality vs efficiency […]

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Sketch of a multitude of people and the overlay Downsize Your Unnecessarily Large Family Tree
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Downsize Your Unnecessarily Large Family Tree

Though it may seem sacrilegious to ask, “Do you need to downsize the unnecessarily large family tree that you’re attempting to maintain across multiple platforms and/or in a genealogy software program?” If you have a family tree that is upwards of 10,000 people, you need to consider downsizing your tree to become laser-focused on quality […]

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silver ware collection with overlay How to Downsize Your Collections
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Downsizing Your Collections While Preserving Family History

Modern men and women tend to collect keepsakes, souvenirs, and other items of interest. When you begin decreasing the contents in your home, follow these steps for downsizing your collections while preserving your family history. My mother collected bears and salt and pepper shakers. My mother-in-law collects dolls and things from her travels. I collected […]

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Stacks of papers and files with overlay How to Downsize Genealogy FIles
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How to Downsize Genealogy Files

Why on earth would a family historian spend time downsizing their genealogy source materials in their home? They do it because otherwise, all of their research efforts will be poorly managed at their passing if they don’t. Preservation minded family historians likely have no one who wants their family history or would burn their genealogy […]

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Cluttered home with overlay Why Downsizing Tips Don't Work
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Why Downsizing Tips Don’t Work

Thousands of books, blog posts, and podcasts offer downsizing tips that don’t work, at least when it comes to reducing your possessions with an eye toward preserving your family history. If you want or need to downsize your home, apartment, or other living situations, you need to do three things. Why Traditional Downsizing Tips Don’t […]

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Picture of living room with overlay What To Do Before Downsizing Your Home
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What To Do Before Downsizing Your Home Or Genealogy Files

It’s hard to believe but someday you will face the challenge of downsizing your home and your genealogy files. Before you begin, take time to do this one very important task that few people do but wish they had. Stop and Take Pictures Much context is available in the arrangement of the things in our […]

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Follow these tips to preserve your family treasures. #downsizing #familyhistory #memorykeeping
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How to Preserve the Treasures in Your Home

When you preserve the treasures in your home and the homes of your loved ones, you magnify the depth of your family history. Family history and genealogy research are incomplete without personal stories. Writing personal history might stop you in your tracks and suck the fun out of your genealogy journey. However, if you look […]

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Free yourself from clutter by downsizing your family record collection. #genealogy #organization #decluttering
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Downsizing Your Family Group Sheets

For many decades, family members have passed down handwritten pedigree charts and family group charts. Thanks to a free digital resource, we can downsize the family group sheets and reclaim space in our homes. The number one question I receive each time I teach about Downsizing with Family History in Mind is, “What do I […]

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Amy Johnson Crow tips for donating your genealogy research
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5 Tips for Donating Your Genealogy

What do we do with stuff that we need to downsize but can no longer (or don’t want to) take care of? Amy Johnson Crow shared five fantastic tips on donating your genealogy to archives and libraries. Amy says, what we do with our stuff is the, “$64,000 question.” 1. We have to ORGANIZE! (Yikes) […]

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