So you have a Doomsday Book?
I learned this tidbit this morning on the news. It seems that we all need to have a Doomsday book.
The book contains information genealogists would go nuts over. Some of our elder parents families had mini forms of these books. But seldom was it carried down for the family to understand it's importance.
You ask, "What is a Doomsday Book?" It is a book on what you have, where you have it, what do to with it and when and how to carry out these requests.
It is so much more than a Will or Probate of Trust. It truly is a guide that talks about your past and your present and your wishes or goals for the future.
You record where the records are held for the items you mention. You list what all these items are.
You list your request for future of these items.
You are covering these things that deal with medical, money, land, property, investments, gifts handed down for generations.
It covers Legal Records, Births, Death Certificates, Social Security Information, Insurance Policies (car, house and land), Car Registrations, and any other pertinent information your family will need if you are to become disabled or incapacitated or deceased.
It should also cover key pictures of the family that should be passed down to the next generations to remember one by. Information about a special made blanket or quilt, a piece of jewelry, who made it and what it is composed of and the significance to the family and it's historical future.
This all goes so much farther than a Will or Trust.
It seems some one did this for his family and it made the news because with all the grieve and process they had to go through, the Doomsday Book guided them to accomplish what the man wished and was accomplished with ease because he stated where the items were at and what do to with them.
I hope this gives you food for thought and helps you to prepare for your future.