Completing your genealogy report is just one step of the process. The next big thing is to know how to preserve it well. Considering the amount of blood, sweat and tears that you invested to complete your ancestral history, it’s just but right to preserve them for posterity.
So what are the things you need to consider?
1. Get your children interested.
First and foremost, you’ll need your children or other fellow potential genealogists in the family to be interested. Let them in on the cool perks and facts you’ve learned throughout your entire search.
2. Never store everything in one place.
Whether it’s everything stashed up online in one website or just in one closet, it’s the biggest mistake for you to preserve your research all in one place. Keep in mind that it’s your life’s work at risk here. What if disaster strikes and you don’t have any backups for it?
3. Make copies of everything.
It may sound ridiculous if we tell you that one extra copy isn’t enough but really, it isn’t. Have at least three copies for all the research you made and store them in different places. You’ll realize just how beneficial this could be if anything unexpected happens.
4. Make use of various software for storage.
Being active in Ancestry.org or FamilySearch.org can actually help you store your data better than just doing it yourself. Understand that these third-party websites have their own way of keeping their files, which can be helpful for easy access in the long run.
5. Stay updated with programs and software.
Say you’re scanning pictures for safekeeping. An effective way to continuously open them in programs is to always update to the latest version. Considering the amount of updates software would go through every now and then, you could get left behind.
6. Never procrastinate.
By all means, do what you can now to preserve your research now. Anything can happen so ensure the safety and security of your hard labor today.