With over 20 years experience as a community and university based archivist I help people and organizations preserve their histories. Most people don't realize how valuable the things they've kept over the years are. The community activist who has saved leaflets, meeting minutes and buttons or the group that has brochures, memos and financial statements have the very things people in the future will need to understand our lives today.
As a historian I have researched the many branches of my family from the 18th century in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Russia to the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States. Some of the documents I found are included in the links below. I identified the towns and shtetls from which my ancestors came and took a trip to visit these places in 2016.