I attended an amazing webinar on Organizing Your Digital files and the amazing Cindy from Cindy’s list led the workshop.
While listening to her speak, I actually appreciated being a newbie in genealogy because I can more easily implement her suggestions. She raised many issues that forced me to understand the importance of organizing digital files and creating a secure backup system for all genealogy files. She closed the webinar with a to-do list which really made the list maker in me happy.
A few things that I learned while listening to her speak was that we should:
- learned the importance of establishing a regular back up schedule and sticking to it.
- understand the importance of redundancy to ensure the files are safe.
- explore the many options for cloud-based backup.
- research and find which cloud-based service would work for us and make the investment in safeguarding our files.
- establish a good naming convention for our files and get into the habit of an easy-to-understand naming convention.
- make sure that you rename files as you download them to keep them easy to organize and recognize.
She mentioned a few options for virus protection (Avast and Kaspersky) and I think I will create a list to compare them and see which will work best with my budget.
She mentioned a few cloud-based backup services (Backblaze, Carbonite, CrashPlan). I have heard of Backblaze when I listen to the Genealogy Gems podcast. So I will create a table comparing these services and see what I can afford at this time.
Cindy mentioned good examples of why the content of this webinar was important and one example she talked about ancestry.com membership – that if I have the world membership and decide to change to the basic membership then I can no longer access the files accessible from the world membership. So while in the world membership, I need to make sure I download the files that I access to my computer for safe keeping. I am still learning about all of the features of ancestry but this was a valuable one that I am glad she mentioned. I currently have Roots Magic as my desktop and will be establishing a system to ensure that my desktop and computer files are synced and backed up regularly.
Since the webinar, I have begun to reorganize my digital files and keep them in one location on my computer for quick backups. I am going to work my way through the list to create an organized system for my files.
Do any of you use any of these services and if so how do you like them? Any recommendations?
Have a blessed day!