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New video on storing those valuable research documents

Browsing on You Tube this week, I notice S&N Genealogy Supplies have been active promoting their new Springback binders. Having purchased a couple the other week, I can testify how good they are but do take a look for yourself. The link is here with a full demonstration on how to use the binders.

Springback binders

Family History Springback Binders

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The Importance of Archiving

Here's our tip for the week. Once you have collected those precious documents, photos and other memorabilia as part of your family history research, it's worth remembering to keep it safe and protected! For example, standard PVC sleeves can suffer from leaching of plasticizer, which will lift print off pages and ruin your valuable material. To ensure that your collection of certificates and research documents are preserved in pristine condition, they should be kept in specialist binders with inert, archival quality sleeves. This keeps them in the best condition possible whilst still making them accessible, should you need to check your sources or share your research with friends and family. I use the binders from S&N Genealogy Supplies. I particularly like the new A4 Springback binders they offer. Unlike ring binders, you don't have to punch any holes in the paper - you simply choose the sheets you want, fold the covers of the binder back, and place the paper into the spine. You can add or remove pages as many times as you like. This binder has hardback covers with an acid-free lining, and has a 25mm capacity, which can hold up to 200 A4 pages. There's more details available here. Do you have any tips or advice that you use to protect all your valuable research?

Quality A4 Springback Binders from S&N

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The British Library will archive the nation's 'digital memory' by capturing billions of web pages

The British Library is to 'harvest' billions of web pages, blogs and e-books in a bid to preserve and document the nation's 'digital memory'. For centuries, the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain. It will also be bound by new regulations to harvest the entire UK web domain to document current events and record the country's burgeoning collection of online cultural and intellectual works. The British Library, which has invested £3million in the project during the past two years, plans to collect the material by conducting an annual trawl of the UK web domain - every website ending with '.uk'. It will harvest information from another 200 sites - such as online newspapers or journals - on a more regular basis, as often as once a day. There's more on the British Library website. What do you think? Is it a great idea to document modern day life in this way?      
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