Sunday, November 17, 2013

Family History Repository Opens Its Doors

The Pinellas Genealogy Society in partnership with the Largo Public Library announces the formation of the Family History Repository. Its goal is to safeguard and make available to the public unpublished, original family history and genealogy research.

The FHR has been established to give researchers a place to harbor their work when they decide that they want to retire their research collection or there is no family member who is able to continue the effort. In these cases, the FHR stands ready to accept the material.

Too often the efforts of researchers are neglected or destroyed when their personal involvement in the research ends due to shifting priorities, health, or other reasons. The FHR provides a place and a process where that research can live on.

To be accepted, the material must be an original work product (family group sheets, pedigree charts, narratives, notes, etc.), it must be unpublished, and the author or other authorized person must be willing to pass control of the material to PGS.

Although paper files are the focus of the repository, several different electronic formats can be acceptable on a case by case basis.

The PGS has offered this service on a limited scale for some time. Now, the recent acquisition of a book scanner by the Pinellas Public Library Consortium accompanied by project partnership with the Largo Public Library, the service can be greatly expanded.

The donated material will be archived either in paper or converted to digital form, and made available to other researchers through the collection in the Genealogy Center of the Largo Public Library or the World Wide Web.


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