If my wealth were counted in pictures, I would be a billionaire. I’ve always loved pictures. My Mother took a lot of pictures. My Father was a photographer, video-grapher and film developer. Several of my maternal Aunts have treasure troves of family photos.
I’ve always tried very hard to write the names of subjects and locations on the backs of the photos. Even with the age of digital photographs, I still enjoy having printed photos and labeling them. With the digital photos it’s also important to “label” them. Another word for labeling digital photos is meta data. According to e Merriam – Webster, “data that provides information about other data”. The picture below is a screen shot of a jpg file with the meta data filled in. When metadata is used correctly, it makes it’s easy to find the jpg files.
I need to re-double my efforts to label physical and digital pictures. My descendants will thank me.
Always back up your research. Whether you are using pen and paper or a computer database, backup your work. Make multiple copies and label them. If you are using electronic files you can use a cloud service or an online email service (by emailing the file to yourself).
Flash drives are also convenient for backing up databases, notes, pictures, etc. The cost is low, size is large and the ease is great. You can back up your work on multiple flash drives and share them with fellow family members for safe keeping.
Today I used a device that automatically backs up everything on my hard drive with the click of one button. This device is very handy when the inevitable hard drive crash or virus intrusion disables your computer. The cost for a professional retrieval can be very high.
Share your work with your family, allow them to share in the excitement of the chase. It is very inexpensive to copy and bind your work. (I’ll touch more on that in a later post.) We never think that our files will be lost. However, natural or man made disasters can befall any of us.