Your Genealogy Research: Back Up This, Not That

By Denise May Levenick Premium
If you use a cloud backup service with storage limit, you may be looking for files to eliminate from your online archive. You probably don’t need to back up every single file, but do use caution when excluding: Better to back up a file now than wish you had done so later.
Go ahead and back it up:

  • scanned old photos and documents
  • current family photos and videos
  • audio and video files of family history interviews and associated transcriptions
  • ancestor photos and record images downloaded from the internet
  • genealogy database file (as a GEDCOM) and companion folder of linked media
  • research logs, planners, notes and charts
  • digitized versions of paper pedigrees, family group sheets, notebook files
  • spreadsheets, OneNote files and other files created by programs you use regularly
  • genealogy email messages
  • DNA raw data files, spreadsheets and associated emails
  • passwords and software registration keys
  • homework from genealogy courses and institutes
Not-so-necessary to back up:

  • digitized books and audiobooks that can be replaced
  • conference syllabi that also are available on CD or online
  • society journals, magazines and articles available online
  • early drafts of writing projects (archive the final version)
  • to-do lists and notes about research problems you’ve since resolved

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From the March/April 2016 Family Tree Magazine 

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