(+) Archival Quality Ink and Paper

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

I often hear genealogists make states similar to this: “I don’t trust digital media for long-term storage so I am going to use paper and ink to make sure my data lasts for a long, long time.”

Indeed, there is a lot of truth to that sentiment. I can point out a few problems, such as storing audio or video recordings, but the idea of storing information on paper certainly has a lot of appeal to genealogists, historians, and others who are concerned with long-term preservation. Paper documents are simple, easy to produce, and last a long time. Or do they?

With today’s acid-based paper and water-based inkjet cartridges or plastic-and-carbon based laser toner cartridges, the life expectancy of most paper documents you produce on a home computer’s printer may be twenty-five years or less. Luckily, there are ways to extend that longevity.

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