I just read an article in the Family Tree Magazine about heirlooms, which for me help tell the story of our families. If you are like me, you don't have many from your German-Russian line. My goal is to leave a little more of that personal story from my generation so that the next one doesn't have to work quite as hard at is as I have. If that is something you are interested in, here is a very condensed version of some of the ideas in the article:
1. Make a list of the heirlooms in your possession. Tell the story that goes along with them, and write it down as well. Categorize them into groups, such as photos, documents, objects, etc.
2. Share any photos you have by making duplicates. Send labeled prints to other family members, then there are other pictures if something happens to the originals.
3. Organize the documents in an archival container. Dig into your memory and write down as many stories and anecdotes as you can.
4. Organize your research so that is easy to find what you need when you need it.
There are free forms availble at www.familytreemagazine.com that will help you with this project.