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History Monday: Preserving documents for future generations
By Mike Watson
Adair County Genealogy and History Research Center
The Adair County Genealogy and History Research Center continues to grow in many ways. We are constantly adding to our collections. Some items are unique. This is a photograph of a small Bible. We do not have this in our collection at this time, but we hope to add it or a scan of the contents at a later date.
This is a Civil War era pocket testament (photo below), carried into the field by a soldier from this area. The soldier inscribed his name and some personal information. When he came home from the War he continued to add vital information as the years rolled by. In time his family line became extinct, but this gem of information, his own family history, has been preserved and cared for by others.
We at the Research Center continue to collect and preserve any and all family and local history material possible. Some we copy and file for future researchers to rediscover.
Some we actually are fortunate to acquire, catalog and store for use by those interested in our collective past.
There are several Bibles in our collection at this time, with more promised. Most are fragile and are kept locked away from the ravages of dust, light, and oil from fingers. But that doesn't mean they are unavailable.
One line in a document, book or personal letter may be the one defining fact to open many doors that allow researchers to see into the distant lives of our ancestors. So, we always advise: Don't throw away old documents or papers, let us see them and perhaps preserve them or copies for generations to enjoy.
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