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From: MML <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Where to store emails
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:20:05 -0600
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The important emails, I "print to a pdf file", using a "pdf printer
driver". There are some free ones and some purchased ones. I save
some web pages that way also. Then name and store the pdf in the
appropriate folder on my hard drive with my other genealogical online
tidbits. It is very simple to do compared to copying and
pasting. The pdf file I consider "sturdier" than a text file - not
easy to accidentally alter. I use PdfFactory, in conjunction with
the Fineprint utility, I have used these for years.

Mary Lane

At 11:20 PM 1/28/2010, you wrote:
>I've been thinking about how and where to store emails that are used
>as sources in my TMG project. The way I see it, there are 4 options:
>1. Keep all the emails in an email program like Outlook or Outlook
>Express (which I guess is dead now)
>2. Keep the emails online on Yahoo mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc
>3. Copy and paste into Word (or another word processing program) and
>save on hard drive
>4. Print out the emails and keep paper copies
>Well, I said the emails used as sources, but I guess I really mean
>all email threads, that I deem important, exchanged with fellow
>researchers whether I use as a source or not. Some pros and cons
>seem obvious to some of the options above.
>1. Emails that come into Outlook are not available online. The last
>time I used Outlook, the back up process was tedius at best. BUT
>Outlook is a great organizing tool.
>2. Using Yahoo, there is no backup and I'm afraid that a glitch will
>wipe them out. HOWEVER, they are always available online where ever I am.
>3. Copy and pasting into a processing program is a hassle
>4. I'm really trying to do away with paper
>Are there are other options? How do some of you do it? I'm always
>afraid the emails could be lost if I don't print them or save them
>in Word (which would be backed up regularly), but what a hassle. I
>like them online so I can access them anywhere anytime, but I'm
>afraid that a glitch may make them disappear.
>Thanks for your ideas.
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