I have written several times about the need for genealogists and most everyone else to make frequent backups. I strongly recommend that everyone make at least two backups of every important bit of information: one backup should be kept very near the computer where it is conveniently available when needed plus a second backup should be stored a long distance away for use in case an in-home disaster destroys both your computer and the local backup. Such disasters include fire, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and more. The second backup might be a file storage service in the cloud or simply a CD-ROM backup stored in a desk drawer in some distant location.
Actually, I believe everyone needs MORE THAN TWO BACKUPS to be stored in more than two different places. But I’ll leave that discussion for another time.
I wasn’t planning to write any more articles about backups but a newsletter reader today asked what is probably the most important question of all:
Might Dick or someone have advice on the best on line or cloud back up service
I did answer the question but decided to also copy my answer here in the newsletter in case others are wondering the same thing.