Summer holidays are often a time for people to delve into their family history and of course it is a great opportunity to catch up with family, share memories and family stories. Gathering oral history and records around the home are among the first steps to inform your research journey. For others who have been on this road for some time it is a time to devote to organising much of your research and this may mean acquiring a software program to create a master file of your information.
Increasingly our information is digital, in fact we are even encouraged to scan our paper records, especially photographs and important certificates and documents in order to preserve the original and for easy sharing with others. It is also important to actively manage our digital files, and more so for formats such as VHS videos which are increasingly becoming fragile and inaccessible due to deterioration and lack of access to suitable players etc.
NSLA (National and State Libraries Australia) have produced a Personal Digital Archive Toolkit which provides information on how to understand your digital treasures and steps to identify what you want to save and what is important to you, organising the content and saving copies in different locations. Visit the Personal Digital Archive Toolkit for more information.