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
- 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