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Keeping with a recent blog post theme of what to keep and what not to keep and what that means for future family history researchers, please read For Biographers, The Past Is An Open (Electronic) Book who introduction starts out with:
For centuries, biographers have relied on letters to bring historical figures to life, whether Gandhi or Catherine the Great. But as people switch from writing on paper to documenting their lives electronically, biographers are encountering new benefits — and new challenges...
[the post goes on to say] ... A lot of us think electronic communications live forever. But if someone won't give up his emails, or takes his passwords with him to the grave, or if he used software that's now outdated, his records may be lost...
If you’ve ever been to an archive and accessed the private collection of an individual or family with its letters, diaries, logs, and more, you know exactly the kind of “intimate” communication that you might miss out on if modern individuals don’t ensure that what they “write” will be available to future researchers.
Other recent Upfront with NGS posts about “preserving” records for the future:
- With the push towards digitization, are we more likely to "lose" memories?
- Please keep your receipt - What and how many records should we keep, genealogically speaking?
- Data Glut -- Are we creating a headache for our descendants and future historians?
- Someone Help -- Personal Digital Footprint Just Getting Larger & Larger (and Crazier & Crazier) -- What's a Genealogist to do?
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