WARNING: This article contains personal opinions.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
“I believe historians need every possible piece of paper and archived byte of digital data they can muster.” — Dan Gillmor, computing editor, San Jose Mercury News, 1 September 1996
Paper. I have been drowning in it for years.
Genealogists soon learn to collect every scrap of information possible. We collect copies of birth certificates, marriage records, death certificates, census entries, military pension applications, deeds, and much, much more. I don’t know about you, but I have been collecting these bits of information as paper, mostly photocopies, for years. Over the past thirty+ years, I have probably spent thousands of dollars in photocopying fees!