Column: Everyone Should Have a Backup Plan

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Everyone Should Have a Backup Plan

Snippet: As genealogy researchers, we know it’s vital to back up our data. We have learned from personal experiences and the experiences of others that if only one copy exists, it can be tragically lost. We’ve heard the horror stories of computers crashing, erasing a life-time’s worth of research, and dreadful tales of original historical documents being lost in fires and floods. They continue to remind us of how important it is that a second copy exists somewhere else (off site) in some form or another.

This is one reason I whole-heartedly support microfilming and digitizing of all records pertaining to genealogy and history, whether they’re in public or private collections. The originals should be stored at one secure place and the various forms of copies should be at other locations. The emphasis is on the word other. As a retired employee of major newspaper once told me, “It’s not backed up until it’s off site.”

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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