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I do feel that a family tree is about people. It's about real people, people with likes and dislikes, passions and phobias, hates and loves. It's about colour on an otherwise grey and lifeless list of names.
It is a family joke that I will not throw anything away, that I save and store anything and everything. It is a well known fact that the best and quickest way to get to know a person is to sort through their rubbish (for our American cousins, trash). One man's trash is another's social history. We can learn so much about a person from such mundane things like utility bills. Did they keep their house warm, were they friendly and talkative, from telephone bills, and so on.
I'm not suggesting that we should keep everything, but what I am suggesting is that we keep a representive selection, remembering that as we get older our attitudes and outlooks change, so one particular type of, say bill, will mirror this change as the years pass.
Oficial documents, as birth, marriage & death certificates can always be obtained, but its the personal bits of 'rubbish' that really describe the person, they are unique and once destroyed can never be replaced. Remember, if you are interested in the life of your great-grandparents, then your great-grandchildren will be as just interested in yours.
The pages in this section document all the documents and artifacts that I have for each person. If there is anything that you want to see, you are more than welcome to come to my house. If it a simple paper document perhaps I can scan it in and email it to you. Please use our 'Contact Page' .

If any one of you has a collection of memorabilia, and would like to share it with the rest of the family, if you have got your own web site, I could link to it, or I could put your lists on my site. Please 'Contact' me.

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