A lapse in planning or circumstances beyond one’s control can lead to emergency rescue of critical data. Anything from budget woes to bad luck can provide the trigger. Companies exist that specialize in salvaging data from badly damaged media (when no backup exists) and reading data from obsolete storage technology. These services can often be quite expensive, but can also be a lifesaver. A Web search for “data recovery” should produce a plethora of links to these specialized companies. Continue reading
You probably have resumes, school papers, financial spreadsheets, presentation slides or other digital documents. You might also have digital copies of original hard copy documents such as letters, maps or family histories.
Some of this information may have enduring value.
For this type of information it is important to decide which documents to save. Think about different versions, such as drafts and earlier copies. Drafts, for example, can provide important details that do not appear in final versions. Continue reading
For this category you need to start any archiving process by first identifying what you have. You might have multiple places where you share information, and you should give consideration to them all. Continue reading
The estimates range from 20 on the low end to 200 years for media such as CD/DVDs on the high-end under the ideal conditions. Given issues surrounding improper storage and varying qualities of manufacturing quality, you may find some of your backup becoming “worthless” in just a few years. Few, if any, life expectancy reports for these discs have been published by independent laboratories. Continue reading
Our photo albums, letters, home movies and paper documents are a vital link to the past. Personal information we create today has the same value. The only difference is that much of it is now digital.
Chances are that you want to keep some digital photos, e-mail, and other files so that you—and your family—can look at them in the future. But preserving digital information is a new concept that most people have little experience with. Continue reading
If you are using a file format migration strategy for preservation, then you will be refreshing the digital files over time to keep the content stored in formats that are readable by the current technology. Continue reading
There are thirteen steps for setting up the color-coded filing system. The system is time-tested and proven to be the organization resource that will grow with you as you expand your research.
Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System
- Part 1: Getting Started
- Part 2: Setting Up the System (Steps 1-4)
- Part 3: Setting Up the System (Steps 5-9)
- Part 4: Setting Up the System (Steps 10-13)
- Part 5: Using the Filing System for Patronymics
- View overview video
This system sets up file folders for the families on your pedigree lines and also shows you how to file information about cousins and other relatives. Pedigree charts and corresponding family group folders are divided into four colors, based on the lines of your four grandparents. Dividing your pedigree by color helps make it clear Continue reading