A Genealogist’s Worst Nightmare Came True!
Hi genealogy friends! You may have noticed a small lapse recently in postings on my blog. Along with my husband and daughter we took off for a much anticipated vacation to sunny Florida. We were visiting one of my older daughters and husband with a side trip to the Civil War’s Chickasaw battlefield.
We had a great time! Much to my surprise and joy my other daughter and her husband flew in to Florida from California to join us. We had a great time. What a wonderful vacation. That is until Mother Nature stepped in. Back home it rained for several days with one final stormy torrent. Neighbors said it rained about two inches in just about an hour. The ground was already saturated and the water had no where to go. That is except for our basement. Our neighbor checked our house to find the basement was flooding. We reluctantly cut our vacation short to come home and clean up.
Our flooding problems weren’t as bad as others yet we still tore out carpet, paneling and drywall. We threw away a sofa, two chairs and an entertainment center but the heartbreaking loss was the boxes of family photos I had stored on the floor in the basement closet.
I know, why would I store photos on the floor? My only answer is that I never expected the basement to flood. I had the pics sorted into year, all were early 2000 – 2005 and were eventually to be scanned and put in albums.
I saved very few. Most sat in water while we made our way home. As I said early this was a heartbreaking loss.
Then today I read Michael John Neill’s Genealogy Tip of the Day:
What Have You Preserved Today?
We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating for new and seasoned genealogists alike:
Do you have some photograph, original document, or other piece of family history ephemera that you have not somehow preserved or shared? What happens if that one copy is destroyed?
The 1870 census will be there to search next week. There may be items in your closet that for one reason or another may not.
Preserve today so that all may use it tomorrow.
I never dreamed my photos were ever in danger of loss!
I’ve learned my lesson the hard way and hope my experience will help someone else out.
Scan your valuable documents and store them archivally off the floor.
Now I’ve got some work to do.