New York State Funeral Directors Association

Historic Documents Require Careful Handling and Storage

Almost everyone has treasured family papers and documents that record events in their own lives and the lives of their ancestors.

These papers can take many forms and their condition can vary greatly, depending on how the paper was made (poor-quality newsprint vs. strong paper used for handwritten letters or typescript) as well as how it has been stored and handled.

Your goal: Do no harm and help ensure preservation for future generations. Here are a few tips:

Comforting a friend

The death of a close friend or family member is almost certainly the most difficult event that a person will experience.

Observing appropriate etiquette in terms of our words and actions is very important, although it can be hard for us to know exactly what to say and how to act when someone close to us has lost a loved one.

One family member just loved to walk on the beach.

Another told relatives he had the best time of his life sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Another made sure her children and grandchildren gathered each year for a family reunion in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Before hundreds of voyages, family members described various heartfelt reasons they brought their beloved’s ashes to be scattered at sea.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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