Genealogists frequently have their data on multiple computers and handheld devices. Keeping them in sync with each other is often relegated to “sneaker nets” consisting of thumb drives and a lot of copy / pasting from one device to another.
How many times do we find ourselves at the Family History Library, at reunions or in other genealogy settings only to discover that we have forgotten to update the genealogy data on our laptop?
I’m sure you can relate to that frustration. Here’s how to never have that happen to you again.
If your computers are PC’s and Mac’s, Windows Live Mesh 2011 allows you sync, store and share your files between your devices easily.
Install Windows Live Mesh on your computers, create Windows Live account if you don’t have one, set a Sync folder on each machine and your data is ready to sync.
In the example below, I created a folder named “Mesh Sync Folder” at the root level. If you were sync’ing your genealogy data, you’d simply point Mesh to its folder.
To set up the sync’ing, launch Mesh on the computers you want to use, log in, and then choose the computers to sync. Click “OK” and watch the process start..
Mesh uses 5GB of your 25GB SkyDrive storage for use in syncing your data. As you can see above, the test computers in my lab are both in sync. If I had five computers running Mesh, all of them would show in the list.
If you login to Mesh on your machines first thing in the morning, all of the data in your designated Sync folder will be kept in sync in real time as you work during the day.
Lastly, Mesh can be used to remotely access your computer at home if it is turned on and running Mesh. If you have enabled “Allow Remote Connections” on it, you’ll quickly be able to access it, just like you were sitting in front of it.
When you are through with the remote session, simply disconnect from the other machine.
Mesh will also sync your Internet Explorer and MS Office settings between your machine including your bookmarks.
Give it a try and see if it meets your data syncing needs.