Dick Eastman includes a very interesting piece regarding Ellis Island in his March 19th EOGN Plus Edition. I read that not only was Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, but that all their technology on the island was destroyed. In their own words: At Ellis, all of our technology, digital infrastructure and servers that support the American Family Immigration History Center® were completely destroyed. Luckily, the immigration database was kept offsite and has remained accessible. Thanks to that backup, you can still access their immigration information at http://www.ellisisland.org.
What have you done to back up your files lately? Is your backup in the same location as your computer? What happened during Hurricane Sandy is a pointed reminder not only to back up your data, but to also have a backup off site. This is just as important for your personal files as for those at your business It makes “The Cloud” look a bit more appealing.
Need help? Kimberly Powell writes a very informative article on “How to Disaster Proof Your Genealogy Data: Cloud Based Backup and Storaage.” Check it out by clicking the article title. Saving copies of those precious photos in the cloud is not a bad idea either. How often have we read about photos being lost in fires, hurricanes and tornados? If you need more information on this specific topic, a good place to start is “Comparing the Best Ways to Store Your Photos Online” by Sharon Bakinin.
Do you have any experience backing up your own material, good or bad, that you would like to share? Just leave a comment.
vea/27 March 2013
Newton Free Library
Library website: http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog: https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Exploring Newton’s Past (a LibGuide): http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy?hs=a