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!


  1. I commend you for your forward thinking and taking action now to preserve documents so that the future generation will benefit. I wish we all would follow your example as data successorship is one of the things I awlays talk about, data must always be accessible to th enext generation and it must be transparent enough so that they do not have to secodn guess things.
    I guess any type of document such as birth certificates, passport, social security card, letters, memorabilia, photos, videos, marriage certificates are all important documents. I also suggest that we all write a brief story about our life and pass that along as well.
    Good job, well done, I am totally impressed wit your blog post.

  2. It is amazing how much stuff we generate and how much we toss. Yet I treasure any documents I can locate on my grandparents and great grandparents, etc..

  3. I passed along the Ancestor Approved Award to you. Stop by and pick it up.

    Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"