My Dad has accumulated quite a number of artifacts from family through the years. I have a good start on my own collection too. I'm looking for advice on what to do with all of these items that are handed down through the generations.
I have gathered in reading other threads that the items can be divided into four groups:
1) Genuine items of genealogical signficance;
2) Items of family sentimental value;
3) Items of public value;
4) Everything else;
Items in category 3 are simple - find a local genealogical organization or museum that wants them.
Items in category 2 are distributed to family members. The problem is the sentimental value of many items dissipates in time and they slowly migrate from category 2 to category 4;
Items in category 1 are critical to preserve and protect. I have a fireproof safe, but some use a safe deposit boc.
That leaves us with items in category 4. What do you do with these items?
I figure that as long as they are in reasonable condition, I can spare a few plastic totes to store sealed and protected items. I'll just hope that one of my descendants becomes fascinated with genealogy and appreciates having a few treasure totes of family goodies.
I'd love to know what you think. What do you do with family artifacts?
Thanks a bunch!