Genealogy Emergency Preparedness – How to Walk Away with Just Your Phone

We had a wildfire scare last weekend so I asked my boys which of their things they would have wanted me to save if we'd had to evacuate? After humans and pets, my boys said the only things they would want were phone chargers and some clothes.   Wrap your head around that one. Phone chargers was their number one item. I would not have thought to grab phone chargers.   After last year's devastating fire in Paradise, it has become clear that sometimes you have to leave your home quickly and let everything go.     I now have a Best-Case Plan and a Worst-Case Plan for my genealogy. First, the optimistic scenario.     Best Case Plan: What Would You Save? Our valuables, necessities, and meaningful items vary greatly. Here's a list of items you might care about. If it really matters, it should be digital or as portable as possible.   Everyday Items PeoplePetsPrescriptions (consider health/prescription a…
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Maintenance Essentials for Genealogy

I've had maintenance on the mind this summer. So many friends and family are dealing with problems that are largely a result of lack of maintenance. It's made me think how easy it is to lose all our gains, simply because we don't do the day-to-day and month-to-month maintenance projects.

Why am I doing massive fence repairs in July? How'd we regain all this weight?How did the sewer line break?

It goes on and on. So while I work on projects and have to set aside my family history, I'm assessing what are the maintenance essentials for genealogy in my home.

We made some incredible family history gains last year, digitizing everything (photos, papers, cassette tapes) for my side of the family and we're close to finishing this for Mike's side of the family. I can't afford to lose these gains. Here are some ideas for projects we need to either start, finish, or maintain.

 

 

Some Family History Maintenance Ideas

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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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