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Rescuing Family Records
24 pp.
Council of State Archivists


Paperback version: $10.00 plus shipping.
Electronic download: $7.50

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Every family depends on records to protect their health, property, civil rights, and family history. Immunization and medical records, deeds, mortgages, marriage certificates, wills, estate records, adoption records, and photographs are just a few of the scores of records that form the foundation of a family's safety and memory. When disaster strikes--whether a small broken pipe or a widespread hurricane--records become vital to survival and recovery.


Rescuing Family Records explains which records are most important to protect and how to protect them. It includes: 

  • a checklist of records with space for recording whether and where the record is duplicated;
  • various options for duplicating and protecting records and the pros and cons of each;
  • a discussion about why certain records may need to be certified;
  • a brief introduction to caring for historical family records; and
  • updated guidance about protecting electronic files.

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Proceeds are used to support CoSA’s ongoing Emergency Preparedness Initiative.



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