That means that my binders and file folders full of documents and charts are not something anyone is going to take and preserve when I'm gone. I'm sure many of you are facing the same problem. So...what to do?
My solution has been to create family books for each surname. I keep them short, no more than 30 pages for each book. Some surnames have multiple volumes and each volume is for one generation including children. These books are what I call "Coffee Table" books, meant to be picked up and thumbed through casually. Not all documents are included because that would turn into a book consisting of hundreds of pages!
|From Van Valkenburg to Vollick|
V.1 The Loyalist Isaac Van Valkenburg aka Vollick
and his Vollick & Follick Children
See my list of books I have published here. Money I make from these sales helps offset my expenses in subscribing to online companies for their databases.
I also donate a copy of any books I create to local archives or libraries where the family settled. This helps ensure that even more descendants will have access to my research in the future.
How have you overcome the problem of your family not wanting your genealogy records?