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by Maureen A. Taylor

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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
Monday, June 09, 2008 3:12:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [1]
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 5:20:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
My grandmother's letters and photos were sleeping in an old steamer trunk in a VERY hot cottage before being moved to cardboard beer boxes. When they came to me, I moved them to archival file boxes but the change from damp to dry has made much of the paper very brittle. Pencil has fared better than ink, and some color (red?) ink is now purple. Mostly the paper and photographs are tired from handling; I think my grandmother spent many lonely hours reliving the past through these pieces of paper.
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