Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


Marcel Apsel
 

Peter I completely agree with you.  I collect records of people on FamilyTreeMaker in digital version and a printed paper version.  Parallel I also keep filing the same records the old way, simply by classifying them by hand and have it simply printed alphabetically in a word processor.  The printed copies might probably survive, the digital copies only if my children want to keep them with the right program if it still exists, or not throw them away by mistake.  My late sister had it still on classical 3.5 inch floppy disks (luckily I copied them on time on a removable hard disk before I had to get rid of that too old fashioned computer who was able to read those floppy disks).  Try to find today an old 3.5 floppy disk reader (maybe in computer museums). I am afraid that digital copies might disappear on the long run.  Nobody will be able to say that this won’t happen, neither geni, ancestry, wikitree and other genealogical family tree keepers.

 

Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium

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