Thursday, March 25, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday- What contributions are you making for your descendants?

This week when I was thinking of Treasure Chest Thursday, I couldn’t help but think of the 2010 US Census that many of us recently received in the mail. I made a copy of my completed census before I mailed it in to include with my personal genealogy records. What took me a few seconds may make life easier for my own descendants one day- especially since they won’t have to wait 70 plus years to see my personal results of the 2010 census.

This made me wonder what else I could save to make researching my immediate family easier for future generations. Of course I have copies of the basic forms and certificates such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, baptismal records and school/graduation information. But what else would help my future family learn more about me? I have labeled all my photographs (both old pictures and recent snapshots) and organized my applications to lineage societies but what other items should I save to make this a collection a true “Treasure Chest” for my children’s children?

What do you save? What documents do you feel are important to save for future generations? I’d love to hear what you are keeping for your own descendants. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!