Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Disaster Genealogy Go-Bag

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1) Thank you for this topic to Jacqi Stevens for her post today on Your Genealogy Go Bag on her blog A Family Tapestry.

2)  My daughter Lori evacuated her home in the Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday due to a large fire.  Am I, or are you, prepared to react to a local disaster like a fire, earthquake, hurricane or civil unrest?  


3)  That prompted me to worry about “what genealogy/family history items would I take with me if I had 15 minutes to collect them?” 


4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook post, or as a comment on this blog post.

When I first moved to Numurkah, we had a flood back in 2012 which damaged our local hospital so badly that it had to be rebuilt.  The flood didn’t reach my home, fortunately, but it did mean that I thought about disaster preparation.

I have scanned my family history documents, and in 1996, when I first received a personal computer, I transcribed my research notes into Microsoft Word.  I continued to do that for all my later research, and nowadays just about all my research is done online, so it’s all digital now anyway.  I no longer receive paper copies of vital certificates – they’re nearly all sent as PDF files now, so I wouldn’t bother about the paper copies I received in earlier years.  All of this is on my laptop and backed up to 2 portable hard drives. I back up daily to One Drive, and I also have a backup at Back Blaze. 

I hope I never have to, but in the event of a disaster, I’d probably just collect my laptop, because it’s new, and the portable hard drives, because they have files that aren’t on my computer yet, and it’s easier to copy files from the portable hard drive, then download them from the cloud.

I have a few books for a couple of branches of the family that it might be difficult to replace, so I would probably take them too.  I want to upgrade my printer and I don’t use it much anyway, so I wouldn’t bother taking that.

3 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Disaster Genealogy Go-Bag

  1. I’m reaching out to experts in hopes of finding a way around a roadblock our family has reached. There is a story in our family that our dad was adopted. We cannot find his birth certificate anywhere. He was supposedly born in Wichita Falls, Texas but they have no record. Do you know of any sources for adoptions in the 1920s?

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  2. You seem quite ready for an emergency. I try to plan ahead and be prepared because I see myself as the current generation caretaker of the family history. I would be heartsick if anything was lost, but would be even more upset if it happened under my watch!

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