Backup Your Genealogy! and Cloud Storage – Links

BACK UP YOUR GENEALOGY! at least once a month, if not more. Ideally you should store backups regularly on different media (for example, on an external drive and on CDs) and store these in different locations (one at home or at work, one in another safe location).

The 1st of each month is the day to  backup your files and test your backups. See Dick Eastman’s article, “It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Yor Files!”.

Don’t wait for World Backup Day – that’s only once a year – the 31st of March.



It’s 10 PM – Do You Know Where Your Genealogy Data Is? article by Thomas MacEntee, Note his followup suggestions for data backup, backup software and backup tools.

World Backup Day:

Backup My Tree, for Family Tree Maker, PAF, Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic (version 4 or later), Family Tree Builder, Family Tree Legends, Ancestral Quest, Ancestry Family Tree, Reunion for Mac, and GenoPro:

Backupify, for Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Picasa, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Blogger, Zoho and LinkedIn:


Cloud storage, or on-line storage, is offered by a number of companies. Several offer free storage (subject to change), along with paid storage options. Each has its own features, which will include backup, and may include storage and sharing.





Windows Live SkyDrive

Amazon Cloud Drive:

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M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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