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?


Dick, I always appreciate your monthly reminder re backups. The issue I have is that when my Family Tree Maker programme attempts to sync with Ancestry (one of my methods to backup my Ancestry tree) I have continuously gotten an Orange Warning to not sync until the ‘weather’ is more favourable. This has been going on since my last successful sync on 29 September. Kevin


    Backing up Family Tree Maker data to is an excellent metod of making a backup copy when it works. However, it is not the only method of backing up that data.

    You might think about making a backup of the Family Tree Maker data by using a normal Windows or Macintosh backup program. Another method is to frequently created a GEDCOM file of all of the data in Family Tree Maker.

    However you make the backup(s), make sure you store a copy (multiple copies would be better) someplace other than in your home. For instance, I always make backups of all the data on my computers and then store one copy in a hard drive right beside the computer, a second backup copy is stored in a cloud file storage area in the U.S., and then another backup copy is stored in a different cloud file storage area that is based overseas.

    In addition, I also back up a few of my most important files (but not everything) to flash drives and keep the flash drives in the carrying case with a laptop computer I own.

    You can never have too many backups!


Kevin, you can still sync with an orange warning, just make a manual backup first. If that’s successful, you should be able to sync. The instructions appear if you click through the sync buttons. I’ve done this twice since the issue started. (Doesn’t excuse FTM or Ancestry from taking so long to resolve it.)


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