Saturday, February 25, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Family History Time Capsule

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  What would you put into your own "Family History Time Capsule" for your descendants to open in the future?  What would you use for the capsule?  Where would you keep it?  Who should open it?

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own blog post.

Here's mine:

*  My list of things I would put into the time capsule (labelled, of course...):

*  My manual typewriter -- how we used to type things up.
*  A fountain pen and inkwell (sealed) -- before ballpoint pens...
*  My slide rule -- how I calculated everything in high school and college
*  my grandfather's pocket watch -- from the 1890s
*  my mother's copper enamel pieces of art
*  my aeronautical vestpocket handbook (from United Technologies) -- useful information about everything aeronautical in the 1970s
*  my Hewlett-Packard HP-45 calculator -- what I used before digital computers
*  our yearly Christmas letters from 1985 until 202? - on paper, DVD or USB flash drive.
*  our labeled digitized family photos  - on a DVD or USB flash drive.
*  my memoirs -- my life and times, probably boring - perhaps my StoryWorth book(s)?
*  a collection of all of the Seaver/Richmond Family Journal issues -- for posterity!
*  my Betty Carringer ancestry book (in paper and in an eBook) -- for posterity!
*  my genealogy family tree database (a software file and a GEDCOM file on a USB drive) -- for posterity, and to see if the USB drive can still be read.
*  my raw DNA data on a DVD or a USB flash drive.
*  Usernames and passwords for my Blogger account, my Ancestry Member Tree account, my MyHeritage account, my Forever account (which includes family photos and digitized home movies), my YouTube account, my Scribd account (ancestor and descendant eBooks), etc.

*  I would use a fairly large metal box (maybe 2 or 3?), seal it with duct tape, and write on it "For my great-grandchild to open when s/he reaches age 12."  

*  I'd also stipulate in my will that my daughters are to keep this in a safe and cool place and to open it with her grandchild (if she lives that long) and that they should have a family get-together to talk about great-grandpa Randy's life and family history.  


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine:

ByAPearl said...

I never considered a "time capsule" since have no lineal descendants.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's my time capsule report: