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This month’s theme is Your Genealogy Preparedness Plan. Learn how to backup your research digitally, archive your physical files and ensure the long-term preservation of your family history materials.
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In this episode:
Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke
News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad
Diane discusses four pointers to preserve your family heirlooms in a disaster:
Top Tips: Your Genealogy Disaster Plan
Denise May Levenick’s disaster preparation and salvage tips, from the September 2014
Family Tree Magazine
, can be found in her article “Your Genealogy Disaster Plan
1 – Before Disaster Strikes: Learn your risks
Gather important numbers
Digitize to safeguard
Get an insurance checkup
Back up computer files
Practice smart storage
Make a genealogy grab and go list
Create a genealogy disaster kit
2 – After a Disaster
Assess the damage
Collect scattered items
Contact your insurance agent
Box on salvaging wet photos
101 Best Websites: Develop Your Digital Archive
Allison Dolan, publisher of Family Tree Magazine shares some of the sites and tools from the
101 Best Websites list that factor into your genealogy "preparedness plan."
: Share/store digital copies of photos. You can set up an account that other
members of your family can access/add to so that there are multiple copies of
everyone’s favorite pictures.
: Create and keep copies of your notes in the cloud.
: Automatically backup your genealogy software files.
: Hosting an online tree is a way to ensure your data isn't entirely lost in a computer failure or natural disaster.
Choose a service that allows the level of privacy you're comfortable with.
Family Tree University: Genealogy Estate Planning
When you pass on to the great beyond, who will inherit your hordes of
hard-found genealogy research? In this segment, Online Editor Tyler Moss discusses how you can plan the prolonged preservation of your genealogy research, long after you're gone.
Sponsor Spotlight: Backblaze
From the Publisher's Desk
Allison’s tips on preparedness: 5 things every family historian should do today
1. Backup, backup, backup!
2. Give copies to someone else, somewhere else — safety through sharing
3. Purge the unimportant.
4. Have an action plan.
5. Be safe.
Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts on iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.