Rescuing Family Records: A Disaster Planning Guide
A guide for sale. This practical manual from the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) 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: (1) a checklist of records, with space for recording whether and where the record is duplicated; (2) various options for duplicating and protecting records, and the pros and cons of each; (3) a discussion about why certain records may need to be certified; and (4) a brief introduction to caring for historical family records. The book’s author, David Carmicheal, is State Archivist and Director of the Georgia Archives.