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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Genealogy not immune from natural disaster

A graveyard is seen underwater in the village of Moorland in south west England February 7, 2014. Many areas of the Somerset Levels have been underwater for over a month in the wettest January in Britain on record. Severe weather warnings for rain and gale force winds have been issued for the weekend.

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Genealogically important documents and places, such as this graveyard in England, are not immune to the vicissitudes of natural disasters. This should be an incentive for all of us to be involved in the processes of preservation. A certain number of records are lost every year for one reason or another. We just had the thousands of Franklin County, North Carolina records destroyed for no apparent rational reason. See "Thousands of Franklin County records dating back to 1840s destroyed" in the Carolina Mercury for 6 January 2014 and updated 10 January 2014. In this case, "confidential" usually means politically sensitive.

On a more personal level, I have been hearing about a series of personal equipment failures this week from jam in keyboard to leaking roofs causing equipment failure. Time to get back to the back it up or lose it mode. I haven't talked about backing up data much lately, I guess it time for some updated posts.

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