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# Monday, June 09, 2008
Wicked Weather and Your Family Heirlooms (Photos included)
Posted by Maureen

It's that time of year when weather leads the news reports--tornados, floods and hurricanes. Also in the news are pictures and footage of folks clutching family photos they've rescued from disaster.  There is a lot you can do to save your family heirlooms from the wild and wicked weather.

I've written several weather related articles:

When the Worst Happens covers tips to remember when salvaging photos from water damage.

Planning for Disaster talks about the three steps in disaster preparedness--preparation, response and recovery.

10 Ways Weather Changed Your Family History appears in the May 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine.  A timeline of weather events and a list of resources appears on the Family Tree Magazine website.

I'm a bit of a weather nut. I grew up in Rhode Island where everyone still talks about the Hurricane of 1938.  It devasted the state and most of the area never recovered. A high school  class in meteorology clinched my interest (and you thought I only cared about photos <smile>). My friends know not to raise the issue of global warming in my presence!

Two of my favorite books on weather are:

Mark Levine's F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the Twentieth Century (Miramax, $25.95)

R.A. Scott's Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 (Back Bay Books, $14.95)

I'd love to hear how you've rescued family heirlooms from destruction.  Post to either the comment section of this blog or to the Family Tree Magazine Photo Detective Forum.   Got a book to recommend?  Post that as well.


preserving photos
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