This is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.I sat through a huge “nor'easter” storm this week, one of the largest storms to hit New England in the past decade or two. Luckily, property damage was minimal this time but it did make me pause and reflect on other disasters in which local residents were not so fortunate.
Hurricanes, floods, building collapses, and other frequent news should teach all of us many lessons. One lesson concerns preparedness; waiting until a hurricane or tornado or blizzard or forest fire is bearing down on you is not the time to start planning! Some years ago I remember watching a television news story from California when a reporter interviewed a woman in front of her burning home during a wild fire that leveled the entire neighborhood. The woman was obviously crying and, when asked about her losses, she moaned that she had lost years of genealogy work in the flames.
Of course, we should plan for all sorts of problems, not just major disasters. Anyone can suffer from a burst water pipe that ruins documents, photographs, fabrics, and many other precious items.
You may be covered by homeowners insurance, but have you "insured" your many hours of genealogy searches? If a disaster does strike, will you be able to replace your genealogy records once you get your life back in order?
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