Memorial cards to be scanned at family history event

Memorial cards will be scanned into history at a special two-day event hosted by the Western Family History Association in the Lackagh Parish Centre on Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3.

The two scanning sessions will be held from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday. Members and the public are invited to bring along their memorial cards, which will be scanned while they wait and returned immediately to each person.

Memorial cards hold a wealth of information that is of huge interest for people tracing their ancestors and to family historians and genealogists. But, as generations move on and as families die out in a locality, there is a risk that memorial cards may be discarded or destroyed. If so, the associated family details of deceased persons are lost forever to their descendants and to family historians.

The purpose of the two-day event at Lackagh is to preserve, secure, and store this information for people tracing their ancestry. It is a continuation of the project commenced during Heritage Week in August 2012.

Memorial cards will be scanned and recorded by WFHA personnel. The donors of the cards will be asked to sign a consent form giving permission to the WFHA for the use of the recorded information in family history research into the future.

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