Is There Any Place on Family Search To Pose Requests For Help?
I want to ask a couple of questions that are probably best suited to a forum. One relates to recommendations for the kind of storage box/container to keep a family bible and other papers and the other relates to the possibility of posting a "reward" for anyone who can establish what happened to an ancestor who fought and died in the Civil War (the details). Any place or places on FamilySearch to properly pose these kind of questions?
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I am just another 'lowly' User/Patron ...
As an aside ...
You may want to consider, "Joining", one of the 'Groups', in this "Community.FamilySearch" Forum; being:
Family Bible Records
Dedicated to locating, preserving, transcribing and sharing information about Family Bibles and the family records therein recorded
The members of that group would be only too willing to help/assist you.
I hope this helps, somewhat.
Attention: @Dennis J Yancey ( & @Family Bible )0
My first tip - would be to ensure that a high quality digital image is made of any family record in the bible - so that no matter what happens to the bible a permanent digital record will always be on file
This can easily be done with a smart phone
here is the info on storing the bible
How to Store Old Family Bibles
By: James Clark
A family Bible may be one of the most precious material items in the home, easily ranking with photo albums as an irreplaceable part of a family's identity and history. Family Bibles passed down through generations might be more than 100 years old, with faded covers and yellowing pages. New Bibles are often given to children at birth, with pages for recording life's milestones and major passages. Storing and preserving these heirlooms properly will ensure that future generations can reflect on their heritage and gain insight from the teachings of the Good Book.
Keep old family Bibles out of direct sunlight, which can cause paper and bindings to yellow and fade, becoming brittle in time.
Store Bibles for safekeeping by slipping the books into a resealable plastic bag and adding 2 to 3 small pouches of dessicant (silica gel), which absorbs moisture. Seal the bags.
Wrap each bag in soft, white cloth to serve as padding and protect the Bible from heat and fluctuations in temperature
Pack the Bible in an archival-quality box and surround it with plastic packing materials such as Styrofoam peanuts. Don't use shredded paper for packing as this attracts mites and other paper-eating bugs.
Store the boxed Bible in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing the Bible or any rare book in an attic, where excessive heat can damage the pages, or in a basement where dampness and humidity could encourage mold growth.0
"Posting a reward" - Im not sure how to respond to. FamilySearch is based on volunteers - and volunteer mentality. No body is here to "make a buck". and I even wonder if a "monetary reward offer" might be frowned upon by FS leadership. Im not sure.0
The other thing to consider is - what would happen to the bible - if anything happened to you.
Im happy you are interested in looking to find the best way to preserve the bible - and thats GREAT
But have you also considered plans as to what would/should happen to the bible if anything were to happen to you?
Many a person - has taken means to preserve their records / family items . . . only to have such items thrown out in the trash - when the person passed away - and no surviving family knew what to do with what the person left behind - or just plain didn't have the time/interest of doing anything with the items left behind with the deceased.
Make sure you have a plan as to what happens to the bible if something happens to you
(another reason that digital imaging and sharing such digital images with others - is so very important - maybe even more important than the physical preservation of the bible itself)0