Diaries, Journals and Calendars: Preserving and Document Your Ancestor’s Day-to-Day Life

Melissa Barker
Sep 10, 2021
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About this webinar

Many of our ancestors recorded their day-to-day lives in diaries, journals and calendars. Learn how to extract all the wonderful genealogical and historical information contained these sources and also how to physically preserve them for the next generation.

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About the speaker

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She is affectionally known as The Archive Lady to the genealogy community. She lectures, teaches, and writes
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    Sally Smith
    2 years ago

    Thank you for talking about including employment in the diaries. I have my grandfather’s diaries; he was a machinist and worked for the railroad in eastern Oregon. Each day he worked, he detailed in his small pocket diary which engine he worked on and the number of hours it took. Then he wrote about what he did after work. He even detailed his purchases. (It cost him 10 cents to ride the streetcar to work–this was in 1904.) When I started transcribing his diaries I was unsure whether to include his work details, but I’m glad now that I did. He began keeping a diary in 1895 at the age of 17 (at least that’s the first one I have). His diaries continue up to 1961 and include my grandmother’s entries, as well. He died in 1970 at the age of 93. He wrote about his engagement to my grandmother, details of their wedding, and the trip they took to Ontario, New York and Washington DC on their 50th wedding anniversary to visit relatives. Thank you so much, Melissa, for this excellent webinar!!


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