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Family History for Kids

Preserving Family Documents, Artifacts and More

Your ancestors collected recipes, letters, toys, tools, and photographs. If you have any of these, you might want to take good care of them so they last your lifetime and you can then give them to someone else to enjoy.

One way to preserve photographs and documents is to make lots of copies and give them to relatives. Not only does this preserve the photo, but it helps you connect to other relatives and makes great gifts. Sharing the historic artifacts in your family can spark conversations that you might want to record.

This is a select bibliography of a few recent books about preservation. Ask your librarian to help you find additional books on this topic.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

Here are links to information available online about preserving the objects (photographs, documents, objects, clothing, etc.) that help to tell your family's story, so they may be shared with future generations.