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31-01-2009, 8:00 AM
Please, all people with records of Family,..be it photos of your children,G'folks, certificates of who-ever & Family Histories, pass them on to every-one in the Family circle whether they ask or not. These records can dissolve in a moment given fire, flood or other disaster. people are left with NOTHING of their past.
Bung them on the Internet if you muxt, but-PRESERVE. please !!!
31-01-2009, 8:27 AM
Good advice Wendy - I hope it hasn't been prompted by loss of your own records ....??
31-01-2009, 9:19 AM
Funny you should say that as I am currently in the process of scanning all my Family History documents, photographs, research notes etc.
Most documentation is self explanatory and requires no additional 'information'. With photographs, and the odd document, I 'embed’ other information within the 'file data' which can be read by various programmes. That way you can store the 'additional detail' without adding any visible detail to the actual photograph or document. For information I use IrfanView for this process because it is free.
31-01-2009, 9:23 AM
And can I also add-
whenever you want to take information out into the public arena (e.g. a family history fair) please do not take original documents with you. Always take photocopies. Believe it or not, I have heard of more than one instance of someone losing/leaving behind their family history file at FH fairs. :eek:
And if you have documents in those see-through wallets with an open end, then a piece of paper can easily fall out of them without you noticing.
31-01-2009, 9:44 AM
And don't forget that one day CD's and computer files as we know them will be things of the past - like 3 ˝" floppies, vinyl, beta tapes, cassette tapes, super 8 etc etc. So PRINT everything as well.
01-02-2009, 2:04 AM
Just to watch the news & see what a FIRE can do,bushfire, house fire, any fire is heart wrenching.
No I've not lost mine & I'll send a copy to a few more Family people just to be sure.
01-02-2009, 2:46 AM
My wife has an original picture of her g-grandparents that is appr. 400 mm x 650 mm along with their marriage license that is appr. 550 mm x 700 mm. How would you protect that and still enjoy it?
01-02-2009, 4:09 AM
Have it copied & keep the originals in a fireproof safe.(in a flood free area):D
What a treasure you have there. :)
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