Genealogical Codicil to My Last Will and Testament

The following was sent via email to a few of the genealogy lists I’m on, I feel it’s worth presenting here as well. I did have it posted to my genealogy website, but also just discovered that it apparently did not make the move when I changed hosting companies last year.

Whether you have genealogy research, or any other type of research, you should make arrangements for it to live on past you. If you are an adult, and do not have a Will — you need one. Otherwise, complete strangers will be dealing your belongings, including those photos you took of yourself/your boyfriend/girlfriend, that drawer in the bedroom….


Genealogical Codicil to My Last Will and Testament

To my spouse, children, guardian, administrator and/or executor:

Upon my demise it is requested that you DO NOT dispose of any or all of my genealogical records, both those prepared personally by me and those records prepared by others which may be in my possession, including but not limited to books, files, notebooks or computer programs for a period of two years. During this time period, please attempt to identify one or more persons who would be willing to take custody of the said materials and the responsibility of maintaining and continuing the family histories. [If you know whom within your family or friends are likely candidates to accept these materials, please add the following at this point: “I suggest that the persons contacted regarding the assumption of the custody of these items include but not be limited to” and then list the names of those individuals at this point, with their addresses and telephone numbers if known]
In the event you do no find anyone to accept these materials, please contact the various genealogical organizations that I have been a member of and determine if they will accept some parts or all of my genealogical materials. [List of organizations, addresses and phone numbers at bottom; include local chapters, with their addresses, phone numbers and contact persons if available as well as state/national contact information and addresses]
Please remember that my genealogical endeavors consumed a great deal of time, travel, and money. Therefore it is my desire that the products of these endeavors be allowed to continue in a manner that will make them available to others in the future.

 

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