Leaving a Family History Legacy for Others – Or Not!


Leaving a Family History Legacy for Others – Or Not!

Alan Campbell, Past President, OGS

Each genealogist/family historian needs to decide whether or not she/he is planning to leave some legacy for others related to her/his research. As part of the Archival and Library Committee, I have had this discussion with some researchers.  The Society maintains our deposit library collection at the Toronto Reference Library. The space is limited, so our acquisitions policy notes that we accept compiled family histories primarily related to families who settled in Ontario. We are unable to accept file boxes filled with research files that have not been compiled. We are also prepared to accept family histories in electronic form. GEDCOMs can be “stored” and searched at the Ontario Families website.

I recently watched the Rootstech 2018 video How Not to Leave Your Genealogy Behind presented by Amy Johnson Crow and Curt B. Witcher at https://www.rootstech.org/video/how-not-to-leave-your-genealogy-behind

If you have any intention of leaving the results of your research available for future family members and researchers, you should watch this brutally honest video.


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