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Family History Digital Preservation

Family History Digital Preservation is a frequent topic at The Signal.

This blog is written by digital preservationists working at the Library of Congress.
It’s fun and informative for genealogists.

Recently they published a two-part post on Family History Digital Preservation:

Amassing a collection of digital files raises the issue of how to store and preserve that collection. Digital genealogy results in a heap of different files: text, GEDCOM, image scans and downloads of photographs and records, audio files, and video files.

In my experience, the Library of Congress’s personal archiving advice is great. which is basically to: 1) organize everything within one collection folder, 2) backup your collection onto several storage media in several different places and 3) migrate your collection every five years or so to new storage media.

For more information on Family History Digital Preservation, visit Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. For more information on personal digital archiving, click here.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”
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