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Published: Sunday, Oct. 31 2010 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Dave from Taylorsville
Taylorsville, UT

A word of warning folks-

Personal and family histories, while it's a good idea for sharing with other, digitizing is not the answer for preservation.

CDs, DVDs, tapes and hard drives degrade over a relatively short period of time. Much faster than paper. Also, having an appropriate data retrieval device (a machine) to read the storage medium you have chosen is a problem. I have some important data on a Jaz Disk. It's going to cost me about $89 to retrieve the info and put it on a storage medium I can access.

Acid free "archival" paper, a good binding, and the "box within a box" is the best idea for now. Microfilm is also a good long term idea; so donate a copy of what you have to the Family History Library.

Buckeye, AZ

Seems like he makes a fun lecture out of what could be a very dry, dusty, boring lecture.

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