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Ten Simple Ways You Can Help!

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A family history project can benefit from all kinds of help, from very small tasks to larger commitments. I've listed a few suggestions that will both help you preserve your family history, and also be a great deal of help to my project. I will be happy to reimburse you for copying and postage for anything you can send along. Thank you in advance for whatever you are able to do!
  1. Spread the word! Tell all your relatives on the internet about the website and encourage them to "visit".
  2. Addresses. I do not publish e-mail or postal addresses, but I would love to have them. I promise I won't hassle anyone! Please don't assume I've already found everybody.
  3. Information. Although I don't publish data for living relatives, I would love to keep up with the latest generations. Please let me know about new children, grandchildren, and spouses, as well as those who have passed away. Click here for details. Also, don't hesitate to correct my mistakes!
  4. Photographs, Part One. Check out the mystery photos I've posted here. Can you help me identify any of them? If you have your own mystery photos you'd like to post, let me know. As long as you suspect they might be family, I'd be happy to put them up.
  5. Photographs, Part Two. I have tried to include my best photos in the family data section on trees and group sheets. If there is not a photo included for someone, it probably means I don't have one. I would love to have a copy of anything you might be able to scan and send along.
  6. Recordings. Some of my most treasured possessions are the recordings I have of conversations with my relatives. If you have a tape recorder, please consider sitting down with your relatives and recording their stories. If you send me a copy of the tape, I'll send you a copy of the transcription when I've finished it.
  7. Stories. If recordings are not feasible, you might try writing down questions for a relative to answer. I put a number of them on index cards for my parents which they were able to pick up when they felt like it and write answers to. My father did his on his computer, and my mother is handwriting hers in a journal. For questions, I consulted To Our Children's Children, by Bob Greene. You might also try our Starter Questions feature, with a version for younger writers also.
  8. Scrapbooks, Bibles, Diaries, Letters, etc. Take a rainy weekend afternoon and see what you find in your closet, attic or basement! You might be surprised at the clippings in an old scrapbook, or the family information in an old Bible. If you find anything about the people on this site, I would love to have a copy. Also, check out the "archives" section if you're wondering what to do with all that stuff!
  9. Verification. For those of you who are also doing family research, any verifications or corrections you can provide, especially from primary sources will be appreciated. I will be happy to share anything I can. I have much more information than can fit on this site.
  10. Links. Please let me know if I have links here that have gone "bad". Also, if you know of a link that would be appropriate to add, please pass it along.

This site was last updated on January 30, 2003. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004 Betsy Thal Gephart.

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