Blog 2021 06 30 The case for backups, backups, and backups

As some of you know, I am working on getting certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).  To that end, one of the pieces required is a Kinship Determination Project (KDP) consisting of an indepth look at three generations plus the listing of the children of the most recent genealogy.  Every newly introduced fact requires a proper source citation and my paper is currently at about 16 pages and growing.

I spent several hours this past Sunday reviewing the first half and properly citing all sources in the correct format.  When you are using a Family Bible, you must acknowledge the publisher and date of printing as well as the dates for the first and last family entry.  This makes us look at how far removed the entries were made, whether they were all done at one time or overtime, and how close to the actual event date the entries were made.  So we had to pull the Bible back out and take some pictures to capture the publisher and date of printing.

The bottom line, four hours worked to get these updated.  I kept hitting save in Microsoft Word ® so I would not lose all of my work.  I did not close the document and sometime between Sunday and today, half the pages were erased the file resaved.  The work was lost.  Or was it?

I have all of my work in various clouds, for this work, I have it in Dropbox.  One of the features of Dropbox is the ability to recover previous versions.  So I was able to go into Dropbox on the web and recover my file.  Hallelujah!

Closing thoughts….  Make backups and close your files when you have finished working on them for the day.  You do not want to lose hours’ worth of work because of carelessness.

I know I am behind, I have been very busy the past couple of weeks with clients and family visiting.