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10/24/10 5:58 A

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I've been keeping a journal for 30+ years. I have all of them stored in a big plastic bin in my closet. When I was going through a rough patch and trying to figure out where I wanted my life to head, I reread all of them. It was interesting. Now, around New Years, I read what I've written during the last year.

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10/24/10 2:23 A

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I wrote my girls letters from the day I knew I was carrying them up until about 6 years ago. I wish I never stopped but at least it covered the years they may not remember since they were so young. I am going to make books out of the letters for them. My girls are now 19 and 15. ha! notice 6 away from 19 makes 13 well that probably explains why I quit, the difficult years came when one became a teenager ha! I always wondered why I quit and now I got my answer. I'm glad I wrote this so now I don't feel so guilty for quitting for I am more busy raising teenage girls.

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10/15/10 7:52 P

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Perhaps someday someone will care. I just had a watch repaired that my grandfather gave my grandmother in 1909 at Christmas.

Will anyone care for what I writs? If anyone, someone perhaps generations away. For those of us journaling or keeping family stories alive, the reward is in our rembering!

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10/15/10 1:26 P

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My mother journaled before she became ill.
She knew that her health was declining.
I am not sure what her reason was, but she must have thrown them out, as I have never found them.

As her daughter, I wish I could read them now. She had a massive stroke a few years ago that has impaired her memory. She has no recall of a lot of events in her life. I wish we had them and could read them to her.

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10/14/10 9:50 P

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yes, I agree, It's a great gift and a wonderful legacy. I'm sure someone will eventually appreciate it.



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10/14/10 8:49 P

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FLUTTER--Many children don't appreciate the value of family history until they are much older. I hope their comments didn't discourage you. Consider making corrections in your book and adding new things. Even if it sits untouched in one of your children's closets for many years, someone will truly value it someday.

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10/14/10 7:12 P

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Seawave,

I truly understand where you are at. Is it worth it. Yes, some day someone may also be interested in their ancestors and their lives.

I compiled a book of recipes 'over 250 pages), photos and stories and gave a copy to each of my children. I am not a good typist and made mistakes. I try to let the children know when I find one for them to correct in their books and the last comment was "It is not worth trying to find the book. We never use it." Many recipes are pre-civil war and oldrer.

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10/14/10 5:25 P

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thanks for the ideas. I hadn't thought of scanning them...but it would be a monumental task. I'm a writer ...and I'm prolific! I have probably fifty journals that survived my bonfire. And that's not counting other odds and ends that I've written, like articles and stuff. Fortunately, all of my completed articles and poetry are on the computer already. However, I also do NUMEROUS Bible studies and notes...I have zillions of those...and I believe they have value, but it would be a massive job to consolidate them all and transcribe them...Maybe I should get started , HUH?



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10/14/10 3:10 P

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I had been wondering about the same thing, except in my case it's teaching materials.
I, also, have plans to scan them, but I haven't decided on the format because the files not only take up too much disk space (especially JPEG), but also most formats will eventually become obsolete and will need transferred over -- if possible.
Turning the pages into Adobe PDF seems to be the safest method, but I haven't had the time to research it more.

I do have a small collection of personal journals, but I prefer to keep them as is. I think that writing on paper has more character -- but I don't know if I would still think that way if I had dozens of journals to deal with.
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10/14/10 1:26 P

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I have correspondence between my uncle and my grandmother that they wrote to eachother during WWII. They're a precious record of their lives then, and I wouldn't want to destroy them. Unfortunately, his children are totally disinterested in them. I'm planning on scanning them (when I have time), but I would also keep the paper copy somewhere. I have often run into computer incompatibility when looking at scanned documents years later.

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10/14/10 1:14 P

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You can scan them to your computer and save them to a flash drive. One that would hold all your records is pricey, but worth the expense if you are saving space. My personal preference is paper. You might want to store a few journals in acid-free paper and boxes so your decendants can touch the pages you touched--much more personal than reading a computer screen!

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10/14/10 1:05 P

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I have Journals from my Mother that I have put into a large binder and have stored them in a rubbermate bin in the garage. I have labeled it, as I do with all my bins. I also have my old journals in there also. I don't know if that would help you or not. The other thing you can do is scan all the pages into the computer to put them on a disc. I have started that process as I have 4 in 1 Machine (fax, Copy,scan & printer) Didn't cost a lot. Hope this helps.

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I have a problem which is maybe a bit worse for me than for others, but which I think we all probably share. What do you do about old letters and journals? I am a writer and a compulsive journal-keeper. I have SHELVES full of notebooks full of writings by me...Some are books of articles, some of poetry and volume after volume of regular journals. I am very close to my teenage (well, 18, I guess, adult) daughter. I know that she will want to read this stuff (or at least much of it) when I am gone. And I have this probably absurd idea that someday, someone might want it for biographical information. But honestly, I'm TIRED of having it cluttering up my house. Lately I've gone paperless and it is all on computer discs, so I guess, the majority of the problem is finite....and will not continue to grow. But, ...still what do I do wiht this stuff? I have it all in binders that are labeled,for the most part. It could probably, with some work, be compacted down into more usuable and more condensed volumes. But am I wasting my time? Part of simplicity is using time wisely also....What are your thoughts?
(btw, I had about twenty years worth of volumes of journals from a very rocky and difficult time in my life. I, at one point, out of a desire to put the past behind me, burned them. I have sincerely regretted that many times since. And my daughter is very very upset that she will never know that younger person that I was.... so I am not too motivated to do this again...but I do still hate the piles of stuff. Any ideas how to better store it so it's out of sight?)




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