I have a cupboard full of photographs and papers- including the Enid Allen archive which I received from my cousin Emily. It's been stashed unsystematically. I have a conscience about preserving this stuff; I'd never throw it away; but I don't have the heart or the patience to curate it properly. I find it interesting; I'm not sure I'd call it important.
So now I'm an elder and a keeper of the records. And I do know quite a bit. I was able to give the second enquiree some information he was lacking- the maiden name of my grandmother's mother for instance- and correct a couple of mistakes or semi-mistakes.