Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Preservation through Sharing

As genealogists we tend to keep paper; a census record, an address and contact information of a new found relative, a photo of a tombstone taken while researching a cemetery to mention just a few of the many documents collected for ancestral research.

Various filing systems and organizational methods have been mentioned and are still taught at various conferences to cope with the extensive collection in our homes. A simple 'Google' search for 'genealogy filing system' brings up a number of different ways to handle this situation.

Once the physical papers are organized then one needs to organize the electronic versions. The above link also brings in some ideas for digital organization, however, adding 'electronic' in front of the original search request does bring up a slightly different set of choices.

Regardless of which method is chosen for both situations, once done or even before, the research needs to be shared with other family members in case of loss as well as another opinion of your research. Recently, an acquaintence lost everything in a house fire and another colleague I know is dealing with water damage after torrential rains for 3 to 4 days in a row.

Other news items have been unusual tornados and storms in places where they are not normally. By sharing the research you are in essence helping to preserve it for future generations. No one wants any of these things to happen but they do and so it is important to take the necessary steps to protect and preserve all your ancestral research. Don't wait till it happens and it is too late!

Comments and Suggestions are always welcomed!

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