Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Disaster Genealogy Go Bag

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) Thank you for this topic to Jacqi Stevens for her post today on Your Genealogy Go Bag on her blog A Family Tapestry.


2)  My daughter Lori evacuated her home in the Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday due to a large fire.  That prompted me to worry about "what genealogy/family history items would I take with me if I had 15 minutes to collect them?"  Obviously, this pertains to any type of disaster (fire, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, civil unrest, etc.).

3) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook post, or as a comment on this blog post.

Here’s mine:

*  The computer is old and should be replaced soon.  The printer can be replaced.  Flash drives don’t have anything unique on them not on the computer and backup devices.

*  Books and periodicals are fungible and can be replaced if necessary.

*  I have almost all of my paper collection of genealogy and family history digitized, and on my computer hard drive, on my backup external drive, in Google Drive, and in iDrive which backs up my files every night.  

*  So I won’t take the hardware or the paper stuff, with the exception of the binder with all of the vital record certificates I have.  

*  I have a box of all of the family papers from my grandparents and further back, which includes Bible pages, scrapbooks, small photo albums, etc.  I will take that.  I will take some time to add to that, and may even get a plastic bin or two to put everything in.

*  I have too many loose photo sets, and many in binders in one of my bookcases, and should try to gather the loose items in one box.  I have incomplete photo albums in my file cabinet that are original photos.  They are digitized, but still precious.  Into the box.

*  I have my grandfather’s magnifying glass on my desk and his drafting toolset in my desk.  That could go in the family papers box.

*  We have many large framed family photos on the walls.  Several are unique and I need to save those.  

*  The remaining, undigitized, home movies not digitized need to go too  – it’s a small box.

*  We have many pieces of my mother’s artwork in the living room and I would try to save the small, personalized pieces if not all of them.  Another box I  fear.  

*  In addition, there are family records that need to be saved – certificates, registrations, , taxes, credit card info, etc.  

I can see that I’m not very prepared for any disaster, especially for one that hits immediately without warning, let alone an hour warning.  Writing it down helps me organize my thoughts, but doesn’t get it done. 

Our car is relatively small too – so there are choices to make here along with clothes, medications, hygiene, etc.  Thank goodness we don’t have pets to worry about.

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Posted On: August 22, 2020 at 03:56PM