Data Backup Day – August 1, 2012

Hurricane Ike 2008

Have you made backing up your data part of your disaster preparedness and planning?  Today is Data Backup Day, August 1, 2012, and in the United States here we’re coming up on hurricane season.

Now is the time to think about preserving all your genealogy data including data files as well as scanning family photos (click here for information on tools to scan those precious family photos). It is important to be proactive when it comes to making sure that your genealogy data is secure!

Data Backup Resolutions

  • Take inventory of what data needs to be backed up and how often backups should be performed. Make sure you include favorites and bookmarks, blog posts, website files, etc. These days our genealogy “data” is so much more than just our genealogy software databases.
  • Select a backup method that works for you. Check out online services such as DropBox which not only gives you 2GB of free online storage, but also synchronizes your data changes across many devices including your netbook and smart phone or mobile device!
  • Don’t put off backing up your data! You never know when a hard drive might fail or your home could be hit by fire, flood or some other disaster.
  • While you’re at it, also consider securing paper documents and photos in archival acid-free and waterproof containers. And make plans to attend the next Scanfest when you can scan these items to create a digital backup.
  • Help spread the word about the importance of data backups for genealogists and family historians. Place a status message on your Facebook page or using Twitter. Make a mention in your genealogical society newsletter or make the announcement in person next time you attend a meeting.

Data Backup Resources

GeneaBloggers has developed a resource list of data backup methodologies and solutions. Click here to learn how you can backup almost every aspect of your blog, your browser, your computer – even Macs!

Recent Genealogy Blogger Experiences

If you think that data loss can’t happen to you, see what your genealogy blogging colleagues have said recently:

Photo: Hurricane Ike, 2008. Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Print Friendly

This entry was posted in GeneaBloggers and tagged by Thomas MacEntee. Bookmark the permalink.

About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

Comments

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...