’ … Where, Oh Where, Has My Grandfather Gone? Your genealogy may already be traced, and placed on file in our Genealogy Library Center Collection just waiting for you to ask for it… After speaking at the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree, Afton Reintjes and I
stopped at a Safeway Store along Van Nuys Boulevard to get some food for lunch. Instead of re-entering traffic on such a busy street, we drove around the back of the store to use a side street. In the middle of the alley in front of the dumpster, there was a large plastic bag. I stopped to move it out of the way rather than drive over it. The bag was full of someone's genealogy manuscripts and family records--a handwritten diary, family letters, original photographs, family history notes. I felt a cold shiver!
Over many years of seminar travel, I stayed as a guest in genealogists' homes. Often, my bed was located in the "genealogy room." Surrounded by genealogy books and personal family history manuscripts, I was almost in heaven. And to my question, "What will happen to these precious materials when you are no longer here?" the answer usually was "I don't know. My children are not interested in any of it." Or, "My children are interested but they have no room to house my stuff."
Each time, I felt the same shiver.
I could not ignore my inner promptings to do something about it. The arrival of the Sherwood Collection--6 1/2 tons of professional genealogy files--in a cross-country moving van, demanded action. So we bought a huge building on main street, in Tremonton Utah that had housed a furniture store and sportswear knitting factory. When the remodeling is completed, this newly restored facility will house the 6 1/2 tons, the large plastic bag, and numerous unique and equally valuable collections since donated by individuals and families.