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:
- Use a Thumb Drive to back up your databases at least once a week.
- Write your data to CDROM. C’mon. They’re cheap now!
- Use an online service such as Xdrive, MozyHome, or iBackup. These services can backup specified directories automatically, so you don’t have to remember.
- Use an external hard drive such as a MyBook.
- 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.