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Rescuing Family Records

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Kansas State Historical Society
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Topeka, KS 66615

Rescuing Family Records: A Disaster Planning GuideWritten by the state archivist of Georgia, David Carmichael, Rescuing Family Records: A Disaster Planning Guide provides practical guidance to help individuals and families protect their most important legal documents and irreplaceable pieces of family history from loss during a disaster. Rescuing Family Records describes the records that protect a family's finances, health, civil rights, and family history. Some, such as deeds and mortgages, may be obvious to readers, but others, such as leases, proof of intellectual property, and certain tax records, are easily forgotten in the moment of crisis. The manual prompts readers to think through all the records that may help their family survive disaster and return to normal afterwards.

It includes:

  • a checklist of records, with space for recording whether and where the record is duplicated;
  • various options for duplicating and protecting records, and the pros and cons of each;
  • a discussion about why certain records may need to be certified;
  • and a brief introduction to caring for historical family records.