Practical Applications: Tips for Safe Genealogy Computing
9/1/2004
Tips to crash-proof your genealogy.
You've spent hours inputting 500 years of family history, only to one day see the “blue screen of death” on your PC. and (horrors!) it's all gone. Don't take chances with your digital family trees. Follow these tips to crash-proof your work:

1. Back up your family tree file every time you add information or make a change. Make a copy on floppy disk, ZIP disk, CD or other external media.

2. Periodically make an extra backup and store it someplace else — in a safety-deposit box, at a relative's or fellow researcher's house — just in case.