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What to Save

Save diaries, letters, old postcards, photographs, maps, drawings,recordings of family members - tapes, etc. for oral history, photographs, slides and rubbings of tombstones, quilts, deeds and contracts.

Do not save old newspapers! If you want the information saved in your files, photocopy the articles on good bond paper. Newspapers are pure acid and eventually crumble to nothing. There are other sources for information contained in newspapers. Most are on microfilm.

Ultra violet light cause deterioration of any memorabilia. Protection from light is the first and most important consideration in saving old items - or even current ones. Covering pictures, or anything made of paper, with a plastic film which filters out at least 97 per cent of the ultra violet rays is a must. This should be applied between the glass and picture of any item that is being framed. DO NOT LAMINATE. This is an irreversible process. Encapsulate, frame, but do not laminate.

Most glues used in scrapbooks, etc. are called "irreversible glue" - that is, they are permanent. Things glued this way to paper will be ruined by the acid in the paper. There are ways archivists use to loosen items glued in this way. If one needs help in saving such items, contact the archives in your area. They will be glad to help.

Items that have been stored in basements often become moldy. They can be restored by killing the mold, then washing. Any washing done to old items must be done with distilled water. Powdered chlorine bleach is a valuable tool in cleaning and preserving prints. Acid paper can be buffered to counteract the acid. It comes in liquid or spray. This should be done after the cleaning process. Then the item must be stored in an acid-free environment, protected from ultra violet light. Specific cleaning instructions should be obtained from an archives or other source.

Quilts should be saved but they should not be folded. You may hang them if you make a sleeve to hang them from using a waxed flax thread. Never hang them from the quilt material itself. To store them get a large cardboard roll and roll them, then make a muslin sleeve to cover them as protection from dust. The cardboard must be sprayed with the buffer mentioned above, then covered with cotton before rolling the quilt in it. To repair or hold old deteriorating quilts together, use fine silk and waxed thread.


Searching descendants Martin HANSEN, or possibly HALVORSEN, of Cushing, Wisconsin. Daughters: Lavonne (PETERSEN?), Darlayne FLYNN, Carol GORNAWICH & Diane EIBS.

Looking for info on my great aunt, Cecilia KOMINTOWSKI/KOMINTOSKA. Maiden name-SIDOR. Bn 1857 Russia/Pol. Cecilia md Arthur KOMINTOSKI 1907 Grand Rapids, Mi. Have seen the last name spelled KAMANTOSKA or -SKI.

John L. Beare 1853-1934 any information on his parents or any other information would be greatly appreciated.

Is there a Clarks, Nebraska? My ggreatgrand mothers obit says she was survived by a daughter Nancy Gilger of Clarks, Nebraska, and I can't seem to find the town or the family.

My G-Grandfather, Alexander P. Ford died aft Civil War over.He died soon after getting home. Bn Gaston Co.N.C. He was in Co. H. Infantry 149. Some of his siblings moved to Tex.

Looking for any info on Abraham and Fanny Long HETRICK, living in PA c. 1795 - 1899. Sandra HETRICK Smith

Looking for descendants of Thomas Newell (wife Mary?) who died in RandolphCo AR 1838. Will lists 6 ch:NATHAN, ELIZABETH, POLLY, PERNICE, URIAH J. and THOMAS M. Children raised in Prairie/Lonoke/Pulaski Co

Seeking info: Frederick & Riney (PICKETT) MINGO & children: Cary, Isham, Shedrick, Lazuraus, Earnest, Martha, Mary, & Savinia MINGO. All of Patterson St. Mary Parish, La., bet 1880 &

Researching Abraham GRIMES b. abt 1823 & Mary JOHNSON b. abt. 1830 Patterson, La., m. Nov. 22, 1869. Children: Sarah, Frank, Martha, Washington, Elizabeth, Easter, Isabella, Marshall & Hannah all b. in Patterson, La.

Seeking info/family-Jacob FIELDS,(b 1833 TN) wives, Rebecca & Jane, last found in Donley Co. TX in 1880, ch: Robert Crabb(b 1861 AR;Becky Crabb(b 1866 AR); James Arthur( b 1872 AR); Lottie( b 1875 AR; John(b 1879 TX); Ed or Ep(b ?);Evie (b?).

Anyone researching Gideon Winfree/Winfrey of Va. B: 1731, D:1782. Lived on his land Nottoway Parish near Deep Creek & Winningham Creek. If someone reads this who has information, I would appreciate your getting in touch with me.

Searching for parents and birthplace of SAMUEL DUNMIRE,b.about 1830 near Cumberland Co.,Pa.Was miner,served 102nd in C.W. Wives:Caroline McGuire from Va. & Nancy Carmichael from Cambria Co.

VEAL - looking for origins of Veal, John Francis(b:Nov-04-1852, Union County, GA /d: May-20-1914,Maryville, Blount Co. TN) m: Malessia Picklesimer (b:Nov-04-1852, Cherokee, NC/d:July-17-1943, Maryville, Blount Co. TN)

I am looking for a cousin, one that is related to Henry Jefferson Dawson, b.1835,GA.m.Mary Jane Peppers,b. 1841,ARK. Mary Jane d/o William M. Peppers b.TN 1817,m.Eveline Kincheloe, b.1822, Blount Co. AL. All settled in Burnet Co. TX Mysaxs jan

Alex Connor (non-citizen) marr. full-blooded Cherokee, Elizabeth (maiden name unk.) approx.1840's in Nowata Co. Indian Territory, Okla.Daughter Minnie Connor Bolen, b. approx. 1860's. Married Granville Williams 1883. Any connections?

Looking for grand parents. Sarah Davis 1864 (?)SC ...Cherokee of the Blackfoot Tribe Adolphus/Adolpho/Dolpho Sweet bn:? Spanish desendent...had six ch:Mary,Tuddie/Trudie,Ida James,Frank,Richard two other children?

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