Follow Friday: Family History and Digital Preservation

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Follow Friday: Family History and Digital Preservation

The Signal is the blog 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 and Digital Preservation:

Amassing a collection of digital files raises the issue of how to store and preserve that collection. Digital genealogy could result in a heap of text files (such as GEDCOM files), image scans (most sites enable you to save an image in either JPEG, TIFF or PDF formats), audio files and video files. It’s best to follow the Library of Congress’s personal archiving advice, 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, visit Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.

By |9 Dec 2011|digital collections, genealogy|Comments Off on Follow Friday: Family History and Digital Preservation

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.”