eMails and Genealogy
Hope Spring has returned to your part of the world. Here is has been up and down as far as temperatures and the weather. Today is one of the beautiful spring days with little wind, bright sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. Perfect in my book! A recent email from my internet provider has sparked this week’s topic. They are discontinuing their email service. With so many memberships, online accounts and friends and family to contact this is a huge task. Why am I bringing it up with genealogy? We all have many emails and contacts over the years with our family history research. How are we saving and protecting this data? Let’s look at some things we can do.
I have friends and family who tend to “throw out” emails that they’ve read immediately. Their inboxes are tidy little things. Mine not so much. I think it is the historian in me who tends to keep exchanges with family and friends. I’ve used those emails to reach out and share new family history tidbits to past contacts. I’ve read through old messages and rediscovered what was happening in my world during a particular time…a sick parent, a planned trip, new job… In the past we had handwritten letters for those news snippets from family and friends. I wonder what will be lost to future generations when email services are no more, or we are no more? So, losing an email address that I’ve had “forever” seems like more than an inconvenience.
Here are some things that I plan to do:
All of this has made me think about online storage and what happens to our “genealogy stuff” when we are gone. I think that will be a topic for another time. Hopefully you won’t need to do anything with your email soon but it’s never too early to plan ahead. Spend some time this week looking through your genealogy email. You might find some treasures and you’ll be ahead of the game if your provider decides to discontinue your email service! Happy reviewing!
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With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.