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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How to Convert Cassette Tapes to Digital Files

As part of my Digitize the Family History This Month project, I've pulled out old audio cassette tapes with oral histories or other recordings of living and deceased family members.   At the end of this How To, I'm including some types of cassette recordings I've found to help spark your curiosity about what your family may have recorded.     How to Convert Cassette Tapes to Digital Files   There are several ways to convert old audio cassette tapes to digital files and I'll describe four methods. I've used three of these methods: one very low tech and two with better sound resolution and quality.   Here's an image of my final method of choice but your needs may be different than mine so I'll share a few different ideas.   Perhaps the Simplest Audio Method  (I haven't tried this) Purchase a Cassette to MP3 Converter from Amazon or another store. For about $25 you could save yourself a lot of recording hassle. This device will plu…
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