Genealogy: Scanning with archiving as your priority

Genealogy: Scanning with archiving as your priorityBy Barry J. Ewell

Archiving includes capturing all the detail contained in your film or prints. If you’re unsure about your future needs or simply want to preserve as much detail as possible with your scans, then archiving would be the choice for you. Modern scanning equipment can sometimes capture more detail than a piece of film or print contains, so the highest resolution possible is not always the best choice. Continue reading

Genealogy: Regularly back up data to digitized archives

Genealogy: Regularly back up data to digitized archivesNow that you are well into digitizing your family history, safe storage and backing up should be your first priority.  The type of files that will be part of your backup plan includes images, email, website files, and notes.  Imagine losing days, weeks, months or even years worth of work. If you haven’t felt the pain of losing files yet, your day is coming. Count on it, you will have a crash and loss of data, it’s just a matter of time.  Some of the important questions you must consider include

  • Where should I keep my files?
  • Who can access and possibly alter them?
  • What happens if there is a fire or flood? Continue reading

Genealogy: Keeping personal digital records

Genealogy: Keeping personal digital recordsYou 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

Genealogy: How to preserve your own digital materials

How to preserve your own digital materialsBy Barry J. Ewell

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