Posted by: thomstrat | February 23, 2010

Managing Your Family Records

In my past job I worked with the company’s legal documentation repository. Fascinating stuff, but I won’t go into it here. It did get me thinking, however, about all the important documents concerning our homes and families that we leave at risk every day.

Picture this horror scenario: Your house burns down, and now you have to pick up the pieces of your life. First of all, do you know who to contact about your property insurance to start a claim? What is your policy number? Do you have a good inventory of everything in your home in order for your claims adjuster to give you a fair replacement price? What about your kids’ immunization records and birth certificates? Passports? Mortgage paperwork?

There are a lot of records we are barely aware of and usually take for granted. And chance are they are not in any organized place, let alone somewhere you can grab them in a hurry if you have to evacuate your home. Replacing them, while not impossible, would take a considerable amount of time and money–neither of which is something you have a lot of following a personal disaster.

Unfortunately identifying, collecting, organizing, storing, and securing your important records is not a short topic. While I had originally planned a single entry on this, the more research I do, the more it becomes evident this is more likely a series of columns. Stay tuned!



  1. I am so excited that you chose this topic! I have had that worry nagging in the back of my mind, especially since my records aren’t very organized to begin with. I keep looking at fire/waterproof files at the store, but so far haven’t bought anything. I can’t wait to see your future posts!

  2. […] (including risk management of) personal records is a favorite topic of mine. I’m starting a series discussing it in more detail over at Taxidrivermom’s collaborative blog, The Knot in the […]

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