> Eckhard GenÃmann <eckhard.genssmann@...> wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is not a gramps specific question, itâs more about your digital
Yes probably not on topic - but a valid question anyway.
> Do you have any plans for handing over your valuable data in case nobody
> from within the family is interested in sharing/continuing your
No-one in family interested, then who would you hand it over to - someone outside the family - where is their interest in continuing research?
( you might mean family as immediate family?, I am thinking of family as extended family)
> It would be a shame if all that research would be lost.
> What are your thoughts on that?
My plans are to produce a book (in my case outside Gramps), which I will print at an on demand service, then send a copy to each of my siblings and a copy to each of my children. You are correct they may not be inclined to continue research (now) and the book would be stuffed into a book shelf somewhere after a cursory look, but my hope is as my children grow up and become middle aged they may be inclined to pull the book out, see what it offers, and maybe start their own research using the book as a starting point, if not maybe their Children will be inclined.
I might be mistaken, but think a book about the family history will not be thrown away even if they are not interested in family history.
I like the idea of a physical tangible item that can be accessed just by opening the cover and flipping pages being passed down the generations. I personally don't see digital media being readable a few generations down the track. While I could include a CD with the book, I doubt it would be readable in 30~50 years time, .. when CD drives probably don't exist any more and by then the physical media has passed it's use by date and data deteriorated.
The book idea is my attempt to make my research transcend my own life, and hand that research over to unknown people sometime in the future.
I guess the hard part is to know when to stop researching for your own satisfaction, and start generating the book that will encapsulate your research for future generations.