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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FamilySearch turns 20!

FamilySearch turns 20 today! This free genealogy website started May 24, 1999 and hosts family history record collections from around the world. Celebrate 20 years of FamilySearch by trying their: free Family Treefree Historical Recordsfree Photo & Memory Gallery & appfree Digitized book collectionfree Family Tree keepsakesfree Family Tree Charts& more from FamilySearch partner apps! If you're new to genealogy, the site is always free but requires that you create an account to access some collections. Some offerings to check out include:

 

Free Family Tree their unified family tree - you can link yourself to the worldwide Family Tree by connecting to an ancestor who is already in the tree, or just start building your own tree for free on their site free record matching with automated hints to help you build your family tree

 

 

Search Search more than 2,000 collections of Historical Records for fr…
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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.  Also see Android File Transfer--Everything You Need To Know. My primary methods of communication are: Phone Calls Text Messages Marco Polo messages Social Media

 

Phone Calls

Phone calls are like any other unrecorded conversation. Practically speaking, th…

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