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Preserving Our Heritage

Welcome to Oklahoma Cemeteries section Preserving our Heritage. This section will discuss the basic methods of protecting our family's documents, photos, memories and much more.

Family researchers often get so consumed by document research, sorting photos, etc. that we fail to realize that all of those years searching, charting, climbing "brick walls" could be for nothing if we don't take the time to protect and preserve our work. If we do nothing those old photos, letters, memories and stories will surely leave with us. When we protect these things it allows future generations a starting point to pick up where you left off, they are able to read and gain a sense of who and what the family stood for, the joys and even that they overcame hardships and worked hard for what they had. Seeing our families history builds pride in us that will carry us forward in our daily lives.

The goal here is to bring attention to a subject that we all overlook, to give a basic guide to help get a person started and thinking about preserving and/or protecting.
I welcome any and all comments /suggestions or questions by emailing me which can be done at the top of the page.


This is a basic informative guide to help get started and
in protecting your family records and other material items that has been passed down.
NO 2 situations are alike and each project must be handled differently.
When items are in need of repair such a garments,
photos, books etc. Please contact a professional for that field which can be found online.
There are many sources available online for further education as well has conferences and lectures.

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Step #1

-Your History

What better way for someone to fully understand something then to hear or read it directly from the source. Start today by keeping a daily journel of you and others that are in your home.

It doesnt have to be in a book but it can also be kept online. Write as much as you need to in order to paint a picture of your life. Besure to include any medical that might run in the family,
the joys and hardships youve faced, life as a child anything that you think might be useful to your family in the generations to come.

-Interview family and Elders

When our elders or loved ones pass they take the stories and memories with them. Set up a time to speak to them about their own lives and what it was like living in their days. Ask them about their parents and grandparents or other loved ones that were around. If you have anything handed down through the family ask them to explain it or a story behind that makes it special. This doesnt have to be any professional it can be written or recorded on audio tape to be digitized later. You will most likely see that most people enjoy telling stories of the past.

Step #2

-Prepair Your Collection

Sort & declutter every piece that is going to be stored. Sometimes not every clipping or poorly developed photo needs to be preserved. Take stock of what you have in front of you. Make note of photo sizes, negatives, copies vs. originals, size of garments, your inventory list will come in handy later on. Set aside items that are in need of repair by a professionals.

Think about how the items are going to be viewed, if at all. Do you anticipate photobooks being viewed often by other family memebers or our they going to be stored out of site for good.

What can you make copies of or needing developed. Remember you can make copies of almost everything you have to be displayed or handled without doing damage to the originals.

Step #3

-Documents & Paper Clippings


"We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted. Each of us contains within this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise."

-Edward Sellner

Never Do

*Leave staples or paperclips on anything (They will rust)
*Use Tape or Glue
*Write on Photos with ink pens
*Use just any paper for seperating
*Store things in attics or damp basements
*Store boxes on floor
*Store in direct light
*place things close to water lines

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