Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Are You Losing an Important Resource?
I realized this year, especially after my recent exchanges with my uncle about the old neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, that there is a tremendous amount of genealogical information contained in the body of emails. Not every email has a ged or pdf attachment that can be easyily saved. Some emails have drips of important family history information. Some simply recount an exchange of research conducted.
I have implemented a policy to save all emails that contain family history information. And by saving I don't mean not deleting them! I use the 'save as' feature in my email and save the text of the email as a txt file in the appropriate genealogical folders on my computer.
In the last year I have gone through two computer crashes alone. While I have the old email files they are not in my current email file. That means I have to do a little work to find them. What if someday I accidentally delete them or forget where they are? If I save individual emails as text files I never have to worry about the original email.
I have gone back and saved all the critical emails from my uncle from the past few months. Now I need to do some deeper work and mine my old tucked away email file as well.
What about you? Do you regularly save your emails from family members or distant cousins? You could be losing a tremendous resource if you don't.
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Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis at 8:53 AM