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Speaking of organization challenges, in the November 2011 issue, I ask for readers’ help with a dilemma: how to sort and store the genealogy archive my grandmother passed on to me. I’m not one to make a mountain out of a molehill … But this actually resembles a mountain:
For her part, Grandma did manage to loosely organize the collection into boxes for
specific relatives or branches of the family.
She also sorted scores of family letters into binders.
Still, some material isn’t sorted or labeled. Along with the treasures are random
non-genealogy-related items that need to be weeded out. And none of it is stored in
what you could call an archivally friendly manner.
I’ll admit the prospect of reorganizing and digitizing this mountain of memories has
overwhelmed me. So I’ll pose the same question to all of you family and professional
archivists out there: What’s your advice for making this project manageable?
Can’t wait to hear your suggestions.