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Genealogy basics

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A few recommendations in the practice of genealogy:
* '''Back up your electronic information frequently.''' If you spend countless hours entering information into a genealogy program, take the extra five minutes every now and then to back up the files on a CD. Label the disc with a description and date using a CD marker (not just any permanent marker!) and store it in a dark, cool and dry place.
* '''Take lots of pictures.''' Use photographs to remember details you don't have time to write down. Pictures of a cemetery stone can be useful, but you may also want a picture of the church that sits in front, a view from the road leading up to the site, views looking toward the stone from various positions, stones adjacent and otherwise interesting, a general overview of the place, even those who accompanied you on the visit. Later, these may help you find it and other areas for more research or simply remind you and others of the experience of that day.

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