Researching Family History: Taking steps to preserve family records, photos in case of a natural disaster

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  • Crystal White north salt lake, UT
    May 21, 2014 4:55 a.m.

    I have scanned my photos and now am working on a project of scanning family records and other things that are very valuable. They are on my computer. I have subscribed to an online service so that if something happens, even if my computer and DVDS are destroyed I can still retrieve them. Actually I no longer have photo albums--I'm doing the project to save space.

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    May 21, 2014 1:06 a.m.

    David is right. The air particulates cause two of every eight deaths here in Utah I heard on KSL a few weeks ago. We were warned by God to "replenish" the earth as well as to multiply. So many of us forget that bit.

    Also, it's 2014. We don't keep photos in a suitcase to run out the door with in case of an evacuation. We digitize everything, and store images on a Cloud System. Google it. Saves a ton of computer storage space, too. Gold DVD backups are also a good idea, and you can give copies of all your family histories and heirloom photos to all your relatives for Christmas. That way, if one of your homes fries, floods, or crumbles, they can easily copy a disc for you.

  • 1 wisemomma Valley Center, USA, CA
    May 20, 2014 11:08 p.m.

    In addition to the things mentioned in the article, we are scanning and storing our photos and stories on Flash Drives that are easy to grab in case of evacuation. (3/4's of our Stake were just evacuated in the most recent fires here in California) In some instances you only have a very few moments to get out.....

  • David Lloyd-Jones Toronto, 00
    May 20, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    I applaud your sound advice on taking care of family valuables.

    We must from here on out be careful, though, not to think of these as "natural" disasters. Extremes of weather are now more and more caused by our using the seas and the atmosphere as garbage dumps for the waste of our travel and industry.

    Hence preserving our family valuables can to some extent be accomplished by reducing the damage we do to "nature."


  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    May 20, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    You might be able to remove your computer in an emergency, and you should try, but your house can burn down when you aren't home. And even if there are no disasters, no computer lasts forever. Back stuff up often. I have an external backup drive, but in case of fire that takes it out as well as the computer, I also use an online "cloud" service, since a have lots of irreplaceable photos etc. About 15 years ago I scanned all my kids' scrapbooks, all my old high school, church, and scouting certificates, and those of my wife and kids, and I keep scanning stuff as we get it. Also, I occasionally burn stuff to DVD and send it to relatives out of state. I might be paranoid, but this stuff isn't too hard to do. I hope to pass this priceless stuff to my kids, and the best part is it takes so little physical space. I've had more than one student who lost their 20 page senior paper right before the due date because their hard drive crashed. It can and will happen to just about everyone so be prepared.