Securing Genealogy Research Data
Some important things that we sometimes don’t think about. Such As:
- If you lost all your data, would you be able to recreate it?
- Would you even know where to begin?
- If you died today, do you know what your family would do with your research?
- Have you made plans to preserve your research for generations to come?
Although I do a great job of backing up my data, I have not done any estate planning relating to my research and work. I assume that my family knows the importance, but I need to make sure and put it all in writing, talk to them, and plan out what to do with items they don’t want.
Here are the things to do:
√ Take Inventory
√ Include in estate planning
√ Have that conversation with family
√ Contact organizations you want to domate to
√ Post items online
√ Do Stuff Now
Although I think I’ve got some of this covered, I am a long way from where I need to be. What I plan to do:
- I use Carbonite, which is an online daily backup process. I also have my trees online and offline. Thomas recommends the 3-2-1 plan: 3 copies of my data, 2 different backup media and 1 offsite copy (cloud).
- I need to continue to work on my source documention (which is an ongoing process with my Do-Over work).
- Make provisions in my estate planning papers for the disposition of my genealogy research materials.
- Talk to my family about what I want done with my research, including my blog, in the event of my death.
- Continue to write my stories (even if something happened before I finish my book, my stories will be there).