I have written often about the risks of storing information on paper. Paper is fragile and is susceptible to deterioration as the years pass. Information that is printed on paper will deteriorate and disappear after a period of time. Even acid-free paper is vulnerable to moisture, mold, tearing and fire. Digitizing images solves some of these problems but also introduces new concerns.
Now one company, Progeny Software, has a new solution: a family tree, preserved forever on a metal plate, will be available centuries from now to tell the story of the family. Centuries? This strikes me as an excellent method of preserving family tree information.
Progeny Software is a well-known company in the genealogy marketplace. You can read my many past articles about Progeny Software if you start at http://goo.gl/u4zWW. Now the company's newest service allows you to upload a family tree to the company's web site, indicate the root or subject of the tree, select a size and material, select a chart style, and Progeny Software will do the rest. A number of chart styles are available. If you don't have a computerized file of your family tree, you can manually enter the names in an online form. The company will create Ancestor or Descendant trees, as you wish. Prices start at $44.25 plus shipping. Custom sizes are available upon request.
This is a nifty service!
You can learn more at http://treeng.com/.
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