This is the last of the series I have been writing about what I do with the information I have found while researching the histories of the families of my husband and myself.
The ultimate result of genealogical research is to produce a coherent story about where you have come from – who your ancestors were, where they lived, what they did, the families they had.
I believe most computer programmes allow you to print off such details, but I actually prefer my own system (detailed in this series).
In the year 2000 I printed off the information I currently had and gave bound copies to various members of the extended family (I printed it at home from the computer, and used covers from a stationers to bind them).
I have so much more information now! Mistakes have been corrected, new families have been added, more stories have been uncovered. I feel it is time to print out the information I now have, only this time I intend to only give my immediate family a copy (unless others ask – and they can easily receive a computerized copy).
It has been suggested to me that I take my work to the University and see about getting it professionally bound. I may still do that.
In the mean time I will print a copy here at home and store the pages inside a ring-binder folder. Each page can be put inside one of those archival envelope thingies, and I can also store birth certificates etc. the same way, keeping each family’s information together.
Genealogy research never ends. It is like an eternal treasure hunt and there is always something else to find.
I hope you have enjoyed this series – or skipped them completely if genealogy leaves you cold. I once had a person observe to me that it was a study of “a lot of dead people” – couldn’t argue with that one!
Oh, that last photo – that is me on the left, with the big bow in my hair J
PART ONE of this series, which also lists the other posts, can be found HERE