Every week I look forward to Randy Seaver's list of best genealogical blog postings each week. This week, I enjoyed reading this blog about the End to File Cabinet Genealogy. What I found most interesting is the assumption that we want our genealogical work to live after us. I suppose I do in a way, but not in the way the blogger thinks. First of all I don't have nor will I ever have children. That puts me in the category of the maiden great-aunt. I do have nephews and nieces who share half my ancestry, but I always assumed that they might not be interested in genealogy. If everything I've done ends up in the garbage, I really won't care very much, because I did it for me anyway. It was my passion.
Some things I thought I would leave around for others to deal with and find again. I filed an SAR application for my Pinkham line. I never went to a single meeting, but my line is enshrined in some book and in the library in Kentucky with all the supporting documentation for future generations. And naturally, so are all the articles I've written. How they connect to me and to others is their problem. I always figured that future generations would have to do SOME of the work themselves.
However, I am now thinking that I should probably scan more things on to the computer. I'm not sure I'll burn a CD like the blogger suggest, but put everything on a memory stick instead--one for each member of my family. Of course, that means scanning many, many, many things. Boooorrrriiinnngggg!