When most of your genealogy data is kept on your computer, it can represent years, or even decades of work. You don’t want to lose it to computer breakdowns and thefts. Some of that information may not be able to be reproduced, and you definitely don’t want to have to copy hundreds of pages of handwritten notes back into a new software program. It can happen if you are not careful with your data, though. Here are some steps you can follow to make sure you always have access to your genealogy data, no matter what happens to your computer.
If you are a serious genealogist, or at least serious about your genealogy research, you will want to constantly be improving your research skills. Many of your skills will naturally improve the more you do genealogy work. Others need to be purposefully worked on whenever you get a chance. The better your skills, the more information you will be able to uncover regarding your family history, and the farther back you will be able to take your research. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing the vast majority of your research is likely correct. Here are three ways you can constantly be improving your genealogy research skills.