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Family Archivist: Virtual Bequests
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Ask the Archivist: Making a Virtual Bequest

Do you own family heirlooms you want to share—but aren’t ready to part with? In this Q&A, our Family Archivist, Sunny Jane Morton, shares her favorite solution: Make a virtual bequest.

Q. What is a virtual bequest?
It’s electronically sharing your family treasures. It’s hard to divide your grandpa’s Seth Thomas clock into equal (and working) shares for each grandchild. And you probably aren’t going to give your great-grandfather’s diary to your second cousin. But you can—and probably should—share these artifacts and the stories they hold. By distributing electronic copies, you strengthen your family’s sense of heritage, connect with distant cousins, document artifacts and create a virtual backup.
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