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Returning family bibles
I have done some research on this family and know there are several who are researching this line. I do not want to get into a squabbling match between researchers. My only desire is to let someone have it who will truly treasure it and not send it to eBay or something. I have no connection to this family.
If the researchers cannot decide who should have it, would donating it to a historical/state/religious archives be the simpler answer?
-- Its entirely possible that the researchers will not squabble. When we assume the best, people tend to rise to the occasion.
-- The cost of the bible should be nothing more than the mailing expense. This isn't a case for the highest bidder, as you note would happen with eBay.
-- Scanning the family pages & putting them on the web makes the documentation available to all researchers. USGenWeb.com has free space. Pick the most likely state/county, and go from there. Be sure to keep an eye on the right to privacy of living individuals.
-- Consider donating the family bible to the appropriate state archives or historical association (assuming the later has a library or museum for display.)
Perhaps my readers have more suggestions?
Happy family tree climbing!