Genealogy Road Trip Tip 20: Back up and share your photos

Tip 20: Back up and share your photos. Part of “Genealogy Road Trip Tips: Take Your Loved Ones With You” — 30 posts in 30 days for NaBloPoMo 2016.

You and your travel partner had a great time — and now you’re back from your Genealogy Road Trip. Time to set everything aside and return to your day-to-day routine, right? Well, not exactly.

Back up and share your photos. Saving your photos in multiple locations safeguards against loss, and sharing images with your travel partner deepens the bond created on your trip. By: Sebastien Wiertz

To make most of the family history information you gathered on your trip, you should take a few steps as soon as you get back to prepare and store everything for future reference.

You also want to be sure that your travel partner has any materials they want from the trip. So first up: back up and share your images.

Back up your photos. Whether you took photos with a phone, a handheld device or a digital camera, back up your photos as soon as you return from your Genealogy Road Trip.

And back them up in more than one place — on your computer’s hard drive, an external hard drive, an off-site hard drive and/or in a cloud service such as Dropbox. You’ve gone to a lot of trouble to get these family history photos, and multiple backups will assure you don’t lose them.

The same is true for images of any documents you scanned on the road. Back these up as well in multiple places — and print out any crucial documents for your paper files.

Share your photos. Your travel partner probably also took photos, and may want to see yours, so share any images of mutual interest soon after you get back. This not only provides another safeguard against loss, but also deepens the bonds created on your trip.

On a family history road trip with my brother Mark, we went straight to a photo processing place on the way home and duplicated everything — his idea and a good one, because the sharing was all done when we parted ways. My friend Jane and I did the same thing  when we got back — one less loose end to tie up at the conclusion of our road trip together.

What’s next? Tip 21: Write up your notes. Please stop back.

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2 thoughts on “Genealogy Road Trip Tip 20: Back up and share your photos”

  1. This is helpful information for handling all of those photographs. I will admit that I really don’t know much about “drop box,” other than I have an icon for it at the bottom of my computer screen.

    1. Thanks for your visit. Dropbox and other cloud solutions are basically like having storage folders that you can access from anywhere. So if disaster strikes (think a flood, hurricane or earthquake) and your computer equipment is damaged — or your print photos are ruined (hopefully, you’ve scanned them!) — you can breathe a bit easier knowing the images are backed up on an off-site server. You can try most of them for free to see if they work for you. Good luck!

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