It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

BackUpYourGenealogyFilesIt is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often.

Of course, you might want to back up more than your genealogy files. Family photographs, your checkbook register, all sorts of word processing documents, email messages, and much more need to be backed up regularly. Why not do that on the first day of each month?

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Exactly how do I back up a file in Reunion (MacIntosh s/w)?? The old familytreemaker in windows was easy to back up…just make a gedcom. I now have over 330,000 persons in my database, no pictures, lots of stories….probably have gone too far for any hope of backing up. My i-cloud subscription will back up everything in the cloud….except for Reunion.

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    —> Exactly how do I back up a file in Reunion (MacIntosh s/w)??

    Take a look at How to Backup A Reunion Family File at https://genealogytools.com/how-to-backup-a-reunion-family-file/

    It is a rather old article but I believe it is still accurate with the current version of Reunion. If not, perhaps another Reunion user can jump in here with up-to-date instructions.

    Also, if you are already backing up all files on your Macintosh with the Mac’s built-in backup program called TimeMachine (and I hope you are!), you are already backing up your Reunion program’s data and application along with everything else. I will suggest that every Mac owner should be making automatic frequent backups with TimeMachine (which is free) or with a similar backup program.

    Finally, you can back up your data by creating a GEDCOM file within Reunion and saving that file somewhere else (an external hard drive, a flash drive, in the cloud, etc.) However, GEDCOM files are useful only for data, not for digitized pictures, vioeos, maps, and other such multimedia files.

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