Another hint is to change your file names when you backup by using "save
For example instead of calling your files Heber.GED every time save them as
Heber1232007-FTM.ged or Heber2232007-PAF.ged.
by adding the backup date and the program you exported it from it will save
you time when you have to go through the files to recreate data.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon P Czarowitz" <jonczar@...>
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 12:48 PM
Subject: [Genealogy Research Club] Backing up your research
To all of you. After years of research and heasring about computer
crashes I started backing up every time I closed my program. If I had
spent hours at the computer I made a GEDCOM of my info in case I needed
a way to easily reenter the data and the GEDCOM
was the best way.
This I did without fail! Over and over I did this. I used PAF for a long
time for the beginning; switched to FTM for its features, but finding
flaws in that it too would not do everything I wanted kept my info on
PAF. But here began another problem of making each one updated. So I
tried to keep a GEDCOM of each.
Now let me show you what I have at this point.
A PAF proigram not updated due to time restraints. About 10 or 15
backups without an understanding of the dates they were made.
20 GEDCOMs without dates visible A FTM program also not updated, but
backuped many, many times. GEDCOMs made from this data because info was
entered later than PAF. Several GEDCOMs from Ancestry about which I
don't remember their contents.
3 GEDCOMs of 24,000 or more names, some of which I already have and 2
4-drawer file cabinets full of paperwork not entered ionto either
program. No one or program is perfect!
I suggest as others do to back up your info, but I go one step more in
saying to use unique names and date each one.
This way when your cousin who you wrote to several asking for info
finally sends it to you in GEDCOM form you can match and enter those
56,000 names more readily.
I found that by using the split feature of RootsMagic, I could at least
see families on each half to compare, but to go thru this many names is
no easy task. There are at least 5 researchers on each of my lines
sending me info regularly and I am at least 6 to 12 months behind so
good luck to each of you beginners and don't keep all your work in one
place or computer, but date each so you will know if and when you need
it, you can get the most recent BACKUP.
By the way CDs and DVDs are great for backupos, but there too you can
have the same problem of dating them.
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