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From: "Genesis Project" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Question of retention
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:33:56 -0500
Retention has always been a matter of personal preference. Personally I
find that as soon as I get rid of something I find a need for it. With
space being at a premium where I live I had to do something with the mounds
of information I have. I purchased two things to help. I bought a scanner
that lets me save the scan as a pdf document and a 3TB external drive. I
organized the external drive like I would a paper filing system. As I enter
the information I scan the document and save it to the external drive. Then
I shred the original. This is what has worked for me. Hope it helps.
Robt C Parrish Sr
From: Helen Nash May
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2011 9:05 AM
Subject: [TMG] Question of retention
I know we have discussed the retention of records but I was hoping to find
out what people are retaining. Now that I am retired and finally have some
time, I am finally trying to enter the 2 feet high pile of papers I have
amassed over the past few years. Years ago, I set up a filing system
including Surname binders divided into sections for census documents, birth
documents, e-mails, etc. At the same time, I had a filing system keeping
copies or documents, trees from other people, letters, etc. Now I am trying
to decide if I should revamp the system BEFORE I enter new data or just
start entering and clean up the files as I go along.
My main question now is what to do with the copies of the census records I
found online. Often they are not good copies and since they are online,
should I be keeping copies in my own papers too.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Helen Nash May
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