History’s Mysteries LLC is a researching firm setting out to uncover answers to your inquiries about history in Northeast Iowa, central to the Waterloo area in Black Hawk County. Our expertise lies in the research of real estate in Iowa and cemeteries in the Midwest as well as other areas of genealogical and ephemera research.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Preserving Your Family History-

Preserve your family history now rather than later. We all have busy lives, whether by choice or by necessity. Yet, we need to make time to preserve our future desires for the past. Many people uncover an interest in family history in their later years. By then, many of their elders have passed on. If we take the time to document the information of interest when it is in its prime, we will benefit the most. While our lives are hectic and we may think time will soon free up and allow us to accomplish this feat, the only way this will truly happen is if we sit down and set aside the time in our busy schedule to interview those elders who carry the stories that may be lost if we don’t act now. As archivist Aaron Holt has stated, “It only takes three generations to lose a piece of oral family history.”1 Save yourself the heartache and preserve your history for the whole family as well as future generations. It will only take a couple of hours and will open new doors to the past that you never knew existed.

1.      Just Three Generations, The Legal Genealogist, (http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2014/02/07/just-three-generations/ : 20 August 2014).

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