Digital Archive for Family History
The Digital Archive for Family History is a joint venture between The Ted Gilberd Literary Trust (TGLT) and the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG).
Its purpose is to create a repository that allows genealogists to preserve the results of their unpublished family history research in a digital format.
The Archive specifically aims to encourage members to create a literary piece of work, including documents and images, in a digital format that reflects their family history research.
This is a digital archive and as such is paperless - paper copies of documents, photographs and stories will not be accepted. Each narrative family history must be accompanied by an Index of Names from which a searchable index is generated.
What the Digital Archive Offers
Provide the means to keep a digital copy of your family history preserved for posterity
- Back-up and Retrieval:
Provide a safe and secure repository for your current work and the facility to retrieve your data in the event of a disaster
- Access and Sharing:
In your lifetime, you can decide who has access to your work. After you die, the NZSG (via the Digital Archivist) will provide access to your work according to strict guidelines.
A standard data format is used to store your narrative family history. At this point in time this is “Portable Document Format” (PDF) and the Index of Names is in GEDCOM format, however these may vary in the future when new digital formats are introduced.
- Peace of Mind:
You have “peace of mind” knowing that all of the time you have invested researching your family history will not be lost to future generations of your family.
Submission to the Archive
There is no cost for genealogists to submit files to the Digital Archive and, if you are still working on your family history, you are encouraged to submit your "work in progress". You may make updated submissions on an annual basis from the date of submission.
Access to the Archive
The Digital Archive provides the means for you to preserve your family history research for posterity and to allow you to share the results with “as yet unknown” family. You have “peace of mind” knowing that all of the time you have invested researching your family history will not be lost to future generations of your family.
All queries should be directed to the Digital Archivist DAFH at the NZSG or email to: Digital Archivist.