[APG Public List] Advice on organization

Joy Rich joyrichny at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 21 16:18:17 MDT 2009

Denise, I suggest that you go to the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at 
Cornell University and study the arrangement of the genealogy/family papers collections 
that have been processed.



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Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 13:30:19 -0400
From: "Denise Mc Enerney" <denise at macrep.com>
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Hello All,

This is my first time posting to this list, so please bear with me.  I
recently agreed to help a woman organize her collection of family
memorabilia.  It turns out that she has about 5 banker boxes of mostly
letters between many family members; interspersed with written works,
certificates (mostly from educational institutions I believe),  diaries,
etc.  Many family members have been involved in important organizations and
events.  She didn't even show me the room with the photos yet!  She has 4
4-drawer file cabinets that she is hoping to have everything organized in.
She does have a fairly outdated but working PC, with dial-up internet
connection, and I believe I have talked her into downloading the free
version of Legacy so that we can start inputting information in as we go
along,  She has also done quite a bit of research over the years, but
doesn't have it organized.  Being in the process of starting a genealogy
business offering this type of service, I feel this is a perfect worse-case
scenario, and am hoping to gain some good experience in what kind of
collections like these are out there.  Does anyone have any advice?  I'm
thinking that the letters should be tackled first, and have them , perhaps,
in chronological order?  Or should the be organized by family member?   I
think the majority of the letters are between her parents.  This woman is in
her mid 80's by the way, and she comes from a family of "keepers" as she
calls it.

Thanks in advance for any input on my adventure!


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