Archives Lady with WW

Melissa LeMaster Barker responds to the latest push to downsize, organize and purge by talking about “Do I Really Need to Keep That? Family Records We Should Not Throw Out.”

Melissa is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. You’ll find her work here and on the web at:

Melissa recommends the following resources for archival materials:


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19:01:22 From Janine Edmée Hakim : minus 10 in Coventryville, chenango county ny
19:01:29 From Sarah Bell : I’m in Australia, a beautiful 77F today
19:01:35 From Dave Robison : We’re running out of degrees here in Western Mass and I believe we’ll be overdrawn!!
19:01:50 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Near Vancouver, BC, it’s 5 C/40 F
19:02:37 From Sally Smith to All panelists : 43F north of Seattle.
19:02:43 From Susan Bleimehl : Wisconsin -14 temp and down to -30wind chill down to -45 tonight. with -50 wind chill. Good for genealogy evening,
19:03:07 From Betty-Lu Burton : Arkansas about 30F
19:03:27 From JoAnn Lawrence : Delran, New Jersey is 12 but feels like -10
19:04:15 From DearMYRTLE . : I did!
19:04:47 From Betty-Lu Burton : Would not one question be how easy would it be to replace that record? can I just scan it?
19:14:10 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have looked at some Kansas newspaper through inter-library loan to my local library.
19:14:43 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : comments
19:18:23 From Yvonne Demoskoff : What about scanning the letters and putting them online, say in a blog?
19:21:01 From Dave Robison : I scanned every page of my grandfather’s 1913 diary when he was on the crew that built the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad in Canada. Back in 2013, I blogged each page on its 100th anniversary. He had terrible handwriting!
19:22:27 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Dave, would you post the link to your blog?
19:22:35 From Beverly Anderson : I connected with a distant cousin, who had letters from one of our mutual ancestors. It was the last letter he wrote to his parents, before he was killed at Atlanta during the Civil War. What a find!!!
19:22:41 From Launa Droescher : I scanned some letters sent by in laws to my dad then gave them to one of the children to keep for great-grandchild dad and
19:22:59 From Cousin Russ : Letter addressed to Cousin Russ
19:26:37 From Dave Robison : I’ll have to dig it up…
19:27:28 From Lisa Reed  : REED Images Lost and Found
19:27:32 From DearMYRTLE . : Thnak-you for looking, Dave.
19:28:26 From Lisa Reed to All panelists : The link I sent is a YouTube video I made about finding a “Suitcase Full of Pictures.”
19:29:46 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have pictures of all my great grandparents except for one. I know there are photos out there. He served in the Spanish American War and had an influencial brother in a small community
19:29:47 From Dave Robison : Yvonne, here’s a link to one of the pages:
19:30:19 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Thanks, Dave
19:32:50 From Yvonne Demoskoff : NP
19:33:02 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I did a search and found the articles
19:35:42 From DearMYRTLE . to Dave Robison and all panelists : DearMYRTLE’s “Food traditions & Gramma Myrtle” post from 16 Sept 2010,

19:44:50 From Cousin Russ : 2 mil Polyester Photo Mounting Sleeves (25-Pack)

19:45:54 From Cousin Russ : Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher Paperback – July 1, 2016, by Drew Smith.

19:47:06 From Cousin Russ : How to Weed Your Attic
19:49:15 From Launa Droescher : @Where do I send OLD computer programs and sometime I still have prog disk?
19:50:17 From Launa Droescher : still have books
19:53:38 From Dave Robison : I think it’s Honus Wagner’s card
19:55:10 From Lisa Reed to All panelists : also Vernon

19:57:48 From Sarah Bell : Do they ship internationally?
19:58:50 From Cousin Russ. to  : Australian recommended archival supply firms
19:58:53 From Sarah Bell : Thanks 🙂
19:59:21 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Carr McLean in Canada

20:03:57 From Dave Robison : Speaking of YouTube, I discovered today that the videos can be read with the “cc” button for closed captioning at the bottom of the page… I’ve got to spread the word for the hearing impaired members.
20:05:40 From Launa Droescher : I use to use my long hair pins, the kind used in jumbo hair curlers.
20:05:55 From Dave Robison : eGlad I made it tonight! Thanks Melissa!!
20:06:16 From Susan Bleimehl : Thanks for the interesting topic.

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