Family Archives


You've inherited an estate and you're overwhelmed.

Or you're downsizing on a deadline.

Or you've collected family history for decades and worry that your descendants will toss everything.

Should you sell all those books or donate them to the library?

Should you keep those old receipts, or schoolwork, or letters, or souvenirs – or toss them?

And what will you ever do with all those pictures?

Take a deep breath. I can help.

With my unique combination of experience as bookseller, genealogist and library archivist, I can help you decide what's treasure and what's trash. Let me help you focus and create a legacy that will last.

I'll help you figure out what's valuable, and give you ideas about what to do with all your photos and sentimental papers.

What you won't get: Legal advice, appraisals, or family psychology.

Look for upcoming GeneaLegacy videos, starting June 2019. Sign up on this web page or e-mail me at to subscribe and get the inside scoop and e-mail reminders.

Meanwhile, here are some resources to help. (Some of these are affiliate links, which contain codes that let me get a percentage of purchases, at no additional cost to you.)

Archival photo albums: Creative Memories

Archival file boxes and files for document storage: Hollinger Metal Edge

Quaker records in the southeastern U.S.A., including a guide to using Ancestry and resources for old Quaker graveyards

Get rebates on sites like Ancestry (genealogy research), Staples (acid-free, bonded paper for copying documents), and Shutterfly (photo printing) through ebates. Note: You have to shop through the ebates site, so recurring payments (like monthly Ancestry plans) won't give you a rebate on the later payments. Ebates will also automatically look for coupons (I got $20 off my latest Ancestry subscription!).