How Safe Is Your Genealogy Data? Data Backup Day – April 2014

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Losing any data is no joke, whether it is your genealogy research for the past 20 years, financial records or just family photos. While living in the age of computer and Internet has made it easier to accumulate and share information, how many of you are actually taking time to ensure you won’t lose that data?

Today is Data Backup Day when many genealogists and family historians take time to ensure that they don’t lose access to their research data, scanned photos and more.

The Latest in Data Backup Methods

There really is no excuse for not backing up your data these days; a variety of hardware devices, apps and other programs make the process easily and some even run in the background while you work!

  • USB Flash Drives: Just like external hard drives, we’re seeing a decline in price on these devices which can hold 16GB, 32GB and more! The SanDisk Cruzer 32 GB USB Flash Drive holds 32GB of data for under $20!

  • Data Backup for Devices: Many of us only think about our desktop or laptop computers when it comes to data backup – what about smartphones and tablet devices? There are a variety of iOS apps as well as Android apps that are free or low-priced.

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Data Backup Resources

GeneaBloggers has developed a resource list of data backup methodologies and solutions. Click here to learn how you can backup almost every aspect of your blog, your browser, your computer – even Macs!

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.