If you’ve been gathering your family history records over the years you will by now recognize the importance of records preservation. With this problem in mind, I suggest that you read a paper written by Gary T. Wright which is available on the FamilySearch.org website. It’s excellent and answers some of my own questions.

Since I started this blog I’ve often written  about the amazing resources available at FamilySearch and, because I I’m facing the same problem with storage,  I can tell you the article covers just about everything you need to know and some things you didn’t realize that you needed to know about digital storage.

Here’s a list of what is covered:

  • Why Digital Records?
  • Digital Record Requirements
  • What is digital preservation?
  • Digital preservation challenges?
  • Archival Storage Media Challenges and Solutions
  • Addressing the Challenges of Obsolete Storage Technologies
  • File Format Challenges and Solutions
  • Addressing the Challenge of Obsolete File Formats
  • Getting Started with Digital Preservation
  • Adding Descriptive Information to Records
  • Copyright Considerations
  • Archiving Records
  • Sharing Your Digital Records
  • As Time Goes By . . .
  • Putting It All Together
  • References
  • Recommended PDF/A links—

I first saw a recommendation to read this paper on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Blog with thanks for pointing the way. And now, having read the paper on FamilySearch.org (it took a while), I’m passing it on to you. Click on FamilySearch.org Preserving Your Family History Records Digitally 

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