Keep the Memories

In emptying our childhood home, we found documents that belonged to our great-grandparents—immigration papers, marriage license, birth certificates and the like. What do we do with these? How do we divide them so each person can have something?

The best way to share all this family history is to photograph the items and put them on a CD, which can then be copied and given to each family member. Some immigration papers written in a foreign language are quite beautiful so you might want to consider having such a paper framed and displaying it in your home. You may also want to share some of this information in these papers with genealogical websites—or start your own website about your family history. You may also want to consider donating the papers to a local museum or historical society, or at least lending them so they can be displayed, thereby sharing them with the community.


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