The Family Genealogist/Historian

Great grandpa and me

Who Will Continue When You’re Gone?

No one lives forever. Unfortunately, the updates and work piecing together the family history will someday stop upon your death. This has been apparent to me as never before as I reach the ripe old age of 70 next year. I continue working on the family genealogy website (The Smiths And Allied Families ) and update almost every day. My search for the next generation family historian continues.

Over the years I have had contact with others working on their branch of the family tree and valuable historical family information has been lost – and probably gone forever – due to an untimely death or health issues. Sure there are census records, death and birth certificates to build some the lost data, but unless the “one on one” notes from interviews and conversations with great-grandparents, grandparents, etc… is passed on, valuable information is gone. The documents and photos from the grandparents, aunts, and uncles that were in the attic for years contain family information not available anywhere else. This is as valuable as any census or death certificate to the family historian.

Whether you are just starting your family genealogical journey or have been working for years as the family historian, it’s never too early or late to start thinking about your successor. Encourage others to be part of the process through collaboration.   

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