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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Drafting a Genealogy Codicil to your Last Will and Testament

Tina’s Introduction: “The following was sent to me by a dear, sweet friend, Eva Harris, whom I call Mom Eva. She is indeed one of the most thoughtful women I have ever known. She knows how much my genealogy means to me. I have often wondered what would happen to my research, etc., should something happen to me. Now I am going to use this form to at least give my family some guidance. Hope you can use this form to guide your family as well. Thanks Mom Eva. Love you!!”

A Genealogical Codicil to My Last Will and Testament

To my spouse, children, or guardian.

Upon my demise it is requested that you DO NOT dispose of any of my Genealogical records, books, files, notebooks or computer programs for a period of two years. During this time period, please attempt to find one or more persons who would be willing to take custody of the said materials and the responsibility of maintaining and continuing the family histories. In the event you do not find anyone to accept these materials, please contact the genealogical organizations that I have been a member of to determine if they will accept some parts or all of my genealogical materials. [List of organizations and addresses at bottom.] Please remember that my genealogical endeavors consumed a great deal of time, travel, and money.

Therefore please do not ignore my requests.

Signature Date

Witness Date

Witness Date

[List of organizations & addresses here]