Moving your genealogy treasures

The movers will be here on Tuesday.  As in 5 days from now.

We’re spending this weekend taking furniture apart, throwing out the junk and packing up what we need to take with his for the next 2 months of being homeless.  I know that I probably won’t get very much sleep, but we’ll be ready.

Last night I had a slight panic attack though.  The thought of all of my genealogy papers and pictures being boxed up and crated and shipped across the continent scares me.

I have digitized many of my documents and pictures – and continue to do so when I have time.  I will have my laptop with all of my info WITH me- thankfully.

But I still get scared that some freak accident will happen and my ancestors’ photos will end up with some missionary in China, or in a storage facility in Toledo.  Never to be seen again.

Maybe I’m just being silly, I don’t know.  It’s just that those are things that can’t be replaced.  If they break my TV or my dining room table – so what?  I’ll get a new one.  The pictures and documents are different.

So, I’m reaching out to all of you fellow family historians out there.  What do you do to protect your genealogy research during a move?

I have considered hand carrying some of the items, but I’m not so sure that they would be any more safe in a hotel room and in my vehicle as we traverse the country than they would in a storage crate.  I’ve also thought about mailing some of them, but things get lost in the mail too.

I suppose that I should just get over it and trust that things will be okay.  They’ve made it from San Antonio to Ft Hood to Monterey to North Pole  without anything happening to them.  I’m sure that they will make it to Savannah fine.

Please someone reassure me.:)

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  • Elizabeth Woods - April 3, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    Would sending them UPS to your parents work? Or to us? with a proviso that where ever you send them they must be signed for?
    All our things did get through moves o.k….except Grandma Cossaboon’s teacups! I had packed them separately from the saucers and now all I have are the saucers! Don’t know which move those were lost. Mom W.ReplyCancel

  • Kay Masterson - April 17, 2010 - 5:30 am

    I discovered your site when researching my 5th Great Grandfather, Edward “Neddie” Boone. Great site, thanks for sharing. My husband and I are full time RVers for6 years now. We love the life style. We sold our home in Yreka, CA early in 2004 and the RV is now our home, leaving us free to find ancestors. We are both avid genealogists. As far as protecting your data – backup, backup, backup! Put as much as you can on a CD AND a storage device, including all your family photos. Send copies to your children is that is possible, and guard your laptop with your life! We’ve never had a problem with lost data – so far – and hopefully we’ll never have that problem. If a child isn’t available to store a copy of your data, leave a copy with a trusted friend or family member.

    My connection with Edward Boone is thru his granddaughter, Malinda Scholl and her marriage to Joseph Jackson in Pike Co, IL.


    • Jen - April 17, 2010 - 10:11 am

      Thank you! I have tried to digitize a lot of what I have, but I haven’t done it all. That will be one of my #1 priorities when we get settled in again. I would feel much better if I had it all on the computer.
      I can’t send it to my kids (they are ages 2-11) but I can send it to my sister and parents and my husband’s parents. I have a subscription to also – and they do periodic backups online. I have had to use it once for my iTunes library, so I know that it works!
      So, I guess that I’m going to be scanning, scanning, scanning. :)ReplyCancel

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