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How I’m Using Curt Witcher’s RootsTech class: Five Things All Genealogists Should Do Before They Die

I attended Curt Witcher's RootsTech class "Five Things All Genealogists Should Do Before They Die" because I looked over the handout and knew he was part of my tribe. He is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library. Each of his bullet points is something I'm working on and care about deeply. He is a brilliant, engaging lecturer and has a lot of great ideas.

 

 

His bucket list items were:

Tell Your Own StoryInterview as many Relatives, Family, Friends, and Colleagues as possibleOrganize your ResearchDeal with your ImagesExplore new Technologies

 

 

1. Tell Your Own Story

I've written a couple of blogs about this and am carving some time in my weekly monthly schedule to record stories of my life. I'm writing episodic stories about specific events and then I'd like to create short Animoto videos to go along with the longer, written version. Both of my parents di…

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How to Create a 3-2-1 Backup Plan

A 3-2-1 Backup plan means a backup plan for when you lose your computer files due to hard drive failure, theft, fire, etc. This has become the industry standard for a minimum level of preparedness and protection for our digital files. The plan, in a nutshell, is to have:

 

3-2-1 3 copies of your data, on at least2 different storage devices, with at least1 copy being offsite

3 copies, 2 storage devices, 1 offsite

3 copies means your original and 2 more copies This is like having 3 keys to your house, an original and 2 copies.2 different storage devices means your hard drive (the one inside your primary computer), an external hard drive (you plugin to your computer and copy all the files to), or cloud backup (a service you pay for with an offsite company) You can use hard drives for both storage devices, they just need to be two distinct, separate hard drive…
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How to Preserve Your Memories from your Mobile Devices

I list a lot of apps at OnGenealogy. Especially apps intended to help you connect with family. But in case your family is like mine and isn't interested in more "family time" or "connections" I'll show you my go-to solutions for preserving the memories we make in this modern world.

 

I've got three brothers, a husband, two boys, and two male dogs. The only ones looking to spend more quality time with me are the dogs. 😂 The most I can hope for is to preserve the communication we have, in whatever form it's delivered.

 

We use Apple devices and we use Mac and PC computers. If you use Android devices, these ideas still apply, your transfer process is just simpler.  My primary methods of communication are: Phone Calls Text Messages MarcoPolo messages Social Media

 

Phone Calls

Phone calls are like any other unrecorded conversation. Practically speaking, they're gone, stored only in the ripples of our brains. Fortunat…

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