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Genealogy basics

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haven't used cd-roms in over 5 years!
;Respect the privacy of the living.:Genealogy is not intended to invade people's privacy by revealing their current health conditions, their social security numbers, and other still-hidden secrets. Be sensitive when writing about issues that some family members might not be comfortable discussing.
;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-ROM or on another type of electronic storage medium. Label the CD-ROM 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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