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A Genealogist In The Archives: A Genealogy Gift Idea "My Family History Kit"

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Genealogy Gift Idea "My Family History Kit"

(Disclaimer: I received a complimentary kit for this review. I do not receive any affiliate income from Gaylord Archival.)

From time to time I am privileged to be asked to try out new products from Gaylord Archival. As an archivist and genealogist, I am always on the look out for new archival products to use in the archives where I work and for preserving my own family records.

This time it is the "My Family History Kit".

According to Gaylord Archival, the purpose of this kit is to "help you answer questions and create a family history you can pass down through the generations".

The kit itself comes in an archival document case like this one:

Included in the kit are the following items:

-5 long side opening buffered 8" x 10" envelopes
-10 edge seal, 3 mil archival polyester 8 1/2" x 11" sleeves
-10 letter-size cream colored archival file folders with 1" full tab
-1 pair disposable white cotton gloves for handling photos and delicate items
-1 black All-Stabilo marking pencil
-1 self-adhesive label holder with insert for box exterior
-20 PermaPlus labels (1" x 3") for folders, envelopes and sleeves
-15-generation pedigree chart
-Instructional brochure

The 15-generation pedigree chart is a large poster sized chart and is very easy to follow when adding the names and information of each generation.Once the chart is filled in, it could even be framed for display. I have seen many family tree charts in my 28 years of genealogy research and this one is very easy to follow adding family information for each generation.

The archival file folders and sleeves included in the kit will help to preserve and protect important family documents and photographs. Remember to use the white cotton gloves included in the kit when you are handling photographs. The dirt and oils on our hands can damage photographs over time and using gloves can protect our precious photographs.

There is also a handy black All-Stablio Marking Pencil that is archival and safe to use when writing on your genealogical documents and identifying family members in old photographs.

One of my favorite parts of the kit is the "Interview Questions" that Gaylord Archival has included on the back of the "Instructional Brochure". There are "50 questions from to get family members talking about their past."

I can highly recommend the Gaylord Archival's "My Family History Kit" for not only the beginning genealogist and home archivist but the seasoned genealogist who is just getting started with records preservation.

So, head over to Gaylord Archival and order a kit for yourself or your favorite genealogist/home archivist today!


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