If you have family members who aren't as enthusiastic about family history research as you are, you have a potential digital nightmare on your hands should you die or become incapacitated. None of us wants our hard work to be wiped out by disaster or deliberate act but that's exactly what could happen.
I've been toying with a "Digital Genealogical Disaster Plan" of sorts. It's along the same lines as a natural disaster plan: if you have 3 minutes to get out of your house, what are you going to grab? If you die or are incapacitated tomorrow, what do you want your family to know is important?
I've started a file called "1IMPORTANT-DONT THROW AWAY-THIS MEANS YOU" (the title starts with a 1 so it sorts to the top). In it go copies of only the most important genealogy and family history files. I'm hoping to make my family understand that if they don't/can't save everything, at least they need to save these items. If I use the KISS method (Keep It Simple Silly), I'm hoping to have some success.
This file folder will contain things like:
- A backup copy of my database with all of its cited information.
- A pdf "dump" of the contents of my database.
- Copies of really super critical original documents.
- One of a kind copies of ancestral photos.
- A copy of the Heirloom Book.
- Notes of interviews with family members (including notes about my own life).
Surely there will be more to say on this in future posts. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts too.
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