A bonus genealogy tip today – it’s World Backup Day, March 31st, so if you don’t already, arrange to backup your files automatically and regularly! No genealogist or family historian can afford to lose their hard won research or their pictures or other family files.
If you are wondering how to do this, here’s an article one of my favourite techy people, Bob Rankin, just posted that gives advice and some free alternatives for backup – Free Online Backup and Software Options (at AskBobRankin.com – many more useful articles there.)
Note that Bob mentions making sure you have “redundant backups” – multiple copies of your backup(s) stored in different places. Nowadays that often means a backup copy on an external hard drive and a copy on-line ‘in the cloud’. This idea I certainly subscribe to; I’m a ‘belt and braces’ kind of girl. And yes, I like to keep 2-3 recent backups too, in case there is a technical or other problem with the most recent one.