The following was written by Jim Benedict (and is re-published here with his permission):
I live in Calgary, and some of you may have heard or read the news of our Southern Alberta flooding disaster. Canmore, High River, Calgary and other communities experienced the highest river flooding levels, ever. Several riverside residential areas were overwhelmed by flooding, filling basements and main floor areas with sticky, smelly, horrible river mud. Many family heirlooms, photos and computers have been wiped out, gone forever.
Luckily, our local society started a new initiative earlier this year. We activated a new website, for the preserviing of GEDCOM files and images for our members. Using TNG (The Next Generation) as our family tree application, members can subscribe to our society's web service, and have their family data backed up 'in the cloud.' TNG has graciously offered a group discount to our society. So now participating members can still use their home computers with Family Tree Maker, Legacy, Master Genealogist or whatever, but have the comfort of a backup that is managed by the society. Further, they now have a web-version of their family GEDCOM that is accessible, by password, to their remote family members. Neat.
Once we get rolling, we may share more information with Dick Eastman for a potential future article. Unfortunately, this is likely too late for our unfortunate neighbours along the banks of the Bow River.