The library has received three nice maps from Jean Kuehneman of Napa, CA. She wrote that she was “clearing out my genealogy files” (How many of us need to do that??), and “found several maps that are too important to toss out….” Thanks, Jean!! We appreciate your thinking of us.
There is a map of the eastern Baltic countries, and a Polish map showing the portion of the country that used to be Pommern. But the third one is in 1:50,000 scale — very detailed — and depicts the coastal area of Germany northeast of Rostock. This is roughly the small region from Ribnitz-Damgarten to Barth, and a bit beyond. There were “sticky notes” on it marking two villages of interest, showing that the map had been acquired with an eye to research.
Jean is concerned that she has few relatives who share her love for research, …relatives to whom she could pass along her collection for future preservation. It’s a question we all face: What to do with what we’ve carefully assembled over many years? And so she’s doing the best she can to see that items get to where they might still be used. We welcome such donations, and we’d welcome readers’ thoughts as to how to preserve family research notes, letters, photos, family lore, etc. etc.
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