Found letters from 1963

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I just found handwritten letters that were written in 1963, by Lacomb-33, and also have 4 other letters from Lacomb-27. Are letters important?
in The Tree House by Barbara Towne G2G2 (2.5k points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry
Thank you all for the replies! I will be scanning the letters from my grandmother, to electronically share with my siblings. We were young when she passed, and these letters were the first time, that I was aware of just how warm and loving that she was. Her sister Dorothy's letter was full of info. on her husband and adult children, which is important as there is not much to be found on her. Again I thank ya'll.

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Hi, Barbara. Even letters that don’t give out exact genealogical data are important if only because they record personal accounts of individuals or even business transactions. Day to day happenings flesh out (so to speak) the lives of senders and recipients as well as others that might be mentioned. In my personal database, I have included letters in the notes sections for the above reasons and, sometimes, for personal reasons if I knew the sender/recipient. Also, I have this penchant for saving anything that remotely is connected to relatives past. So, I’d say, save those letters! You’ve got a treasure.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
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I feel that they are.  It is rare for me to have something so personal as a letter to learn about an ancestor.  Diaries and letters are cool to me.  I love to include things like this in a profile/bio.  They really help to "humanize" the person and breath life unto the facts on the page.  Just my .02. :)
by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (191k points)
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Letters in general can be very important. However, not all letters are important. And they can be important for different reasons.

You can think of them as part of your family archives. An archivist is similar to a librarian. You should have criteria for accessioning (collecting) something into your family archive, or deaccessioning (disposing of an item, either to a successor or as waste).

So you need your own standards for whether the letter is important. On the one hand, if it's just one letter and it's irreplaceable and one of a kind, why not keep it? On the other, mindlessly keeping everything is a recipe for becoming a level 5 hoarder. Find your own middle ground between discarding treasured artifacts and refusal to let go of anything. This can be especially important when you inherit an estate and really need to weed through and find what you should keep and what you should let go.
by Nathan Kennedy G2G6 Mach 2 (27.1k points)

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