Back up a bit

Hurricane Season is almost upon us. This spring has been rife with tornadoes. Floods and earthquakes can happen anywhere. Do you know where your data are?

No matter whether you are keeping your genealogy data on index cards or the latest iMac, you must back up. Your choices are so varied, that it is silly not to!

If you are using paper, such as index cards or a notebook: Make photocopies. Store them at a relatives’ house.

If you are using a computer, choose one of these:

  1. Use a Thumb Drive to back up your databases at least once a week.
  2. Write your data to CDROM. C’mon. They’re cheap now!
  3. Use an online service such as Xdrive, MozyHome, or iBackup. These services can backup specified directories automatically, so you don’t have to remember.
  4. Use an external hard drive such as a MyBook.
  5. Or print it all out and take it to another site!

Documentation and backup are essential. On these two principles hang all your effort and investment in genealogy.

About Libbi

Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!
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3 Responses to Back up a bit

  1. Jennifer says:

    On the subject of file backup, sharing and storage …

    Online backup is becoming common these days. It is estimated that 70-75% of all PC’s will be connected to online backup services with in the next decade.

    Thousands of online backup companies exist, from one guy operating in his apartment to fortune 500 companies.

    Choosing the best online backup company will be very confusing and difficult. One website I find very helpful in making a decision to pick an online backup company is:

    This site lists more than 400 online backup companies in its directory and ranks the top 25 on a monthly basis.

  2. Libbi says:

    Thank you, Jennifer!

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