The De Vere Village Urban Resort hotel in Elstree in is where, on 7th July 2013, you’ll find the JGSGB First Family History Fair, supported by Gold Sponsors MyHeritage and Forces War Records together with Media Partner Jewish News. Also together under one roof, handpicked vendors will be offering everything you need to store and preserve your genealogical paper and card records – certificates, wills, photographs, newspaper clippings – even fabrics – plus your medals, coins, and so on. The stands you need to visit include CAB Search, My History, and S&N. Tickets for the Fair start at £5 and are available at the door or, in advance, at http://familyhistoryfair.eventbrite.co.uk/#.
Preserving paper means keeping it acid-free as far as possible. Paper can become contaminated with acids from the atmosphere, from contact with everyday materials, and from your skin. So you need to invest in some protective acid-free storage.
Individual sheets of paper can be kept in acid-free file pockets, multi-hole-punched to fit most binders. Pockets come in A3, A4, and A5 sizes, and there are A4 pockets subdivided into several smaller compartments for photographs, cartes de visite, and similar diminutive documents. On the other hand, there are pockets specifically-sized, and with matching binders, for older-style certificates. You can also get acid-free backing card to stiffen up thinner items. Pockets will take two documents, back-to-back, although they’re safer with a sheet of acid-free paper between them
Binders are generally presented in faux-leather PU covers, sometimes padded, in red, green, black (traditional British birth, marriage and death certificate colours) plus dark blue. The A4 sizes are usually four-ring, which are easier to use than two-ring. Documents in pockets are naturally wider because of the hole-strip so you can get extended-width tabbed dividers too.
You can also get ‘spring-back’ binders which hold documents (without pockets) without them needing to be punched. These are closer to a bound book look and feel but may not hold as many pages as the ring binders. Because you can’t use pockets (they’re too slippery to be gripped) you may want to use the optimistically-named ‘Permanent Paper’ (in fact, the manufacturer’s guarantee is a mere 200 years, after which you’ll need to make other arrangements). This is a neutral pH paper for writing or printing your family history and also for photo-mounting, using inert polyester V-Mounts.
If you need to store bulky items, you can get acid-free archival storage boxes and envelopes.
Other items available from our Fair vendors include tissue paper, glue, pens, acid-free labels, repair tape, magnifiers, and the essential cotton gloves. Everything you need to make sure your precious records are future-proof.
About the JGSGB
Headquartered in the South-East of England, the JGSGB is a national Society with close-to-a-thousand members. It’s also the only Jewish family history society in the UK. As well as offering members its unrivalled expertise in Jewish immigration, settlement, naming patterns and genealogy, it has access to extensive sources, including exclusive online databases.