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Are You My Cousin?: Needing Tech Advice

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Needing Tech Advice

Like most genealogists (and well, everyone) these days, I find myself with a large number of digital photographs.  I get overwhelmed when I look at all the options for backing up photographs online.  I thought you, my blogger friends, would be able to help me.

Currently I use Picasa to edit and organize them.  Most are saved on my computer that I back up on discs. I confess. I do not do this as often as I should. (Please tell my I am not the only one!) I have begun putting them in Picasa web albums where I control the privacy settings.

Is there a better way to back them up?  



Blogger Denielle Radcliff Koch said...

I use IDrive to do automatic backups of my photographs. You get 5GB storage space for free and can upgrade or refer people for more space.

Dropbox is another option. It gives you 2GB of storage with the option to upgrade or refer people to get more space. While I don't use it for my photos, I do use it to backup all my genealogy files.

I have both set to run every night. Because I'm a bit OCD about backups, I also burn everything to a CD a few times a year and give them to family members.

January 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Sierra said...

With SugarSync or Dropbox you can designate which folders in your computer get backed up to the cloud. These folders automatically update when you add new photos. I still put photos on CDs too just in case the "cloud" falls from the sky. Both companies offer free accounts to try it out.

January 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks so much for the suggestions! I use Dropbox for some things, but I will also check out the other you both mentioned. Thanks again!

January 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Michelle Goodrum said...

I use Backblaze to backup everything. I also have a 1terabyte hard drive set to automatically backup. I use Dropbox forgenealogy files but not photos as it would use too much space. Also I backup to dvds a couple times a year.

January 15, 2012 at 8:33 AM  

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