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Preserving your personal history through fires, floods and natural disasters

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  • Dave from Taylorsville Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    A word of warning folks-

    Personal and family histories, while it's a good idea for sharing with other, digitizing is not the answer for preservation.

    CDs, DVDs, tapes and hard drives degrade over a relatively short period of time. Much faster than paper. Also, having an appropriate data retrieval device (a machine) to read the storage medium you have chosen is a problem. I have some important data on a Jaz Disk. It's going to cost me about $89 to retrieve the info and put it on a storage medium I can access.

    Acid free "archival" paper, a good binding, and the "box within a box" is the best idea for now. Microfilm is also a good long term idea; so donate a copy of what you have to the Family History Library.

  • azgal Buckeye, AZ
    Nov. 1, 2010 9:20 a.m.

    Seems like he makes a fun lecture out of what could be a very dry, dusty, boring lecture.