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Google Capping Storage – June 2021

Heads up. Google has announced that free online storage for files, photos and videos will be capped at 15GB starting next summer.

From 1 June 2021, any new files created in Drive, as well as photos and videos uploaded to Google Photos, will count towards the 15GB of free storage included with every Google Account. Customers who go over that limit risk having excess content stored in Gmail, Drive, Docs and Photos deleted. 15 gigs seems like lots for just email, but combined with photos, videos and docs and 15 gigs is just too small.

Those who wish to extend their storage beyond 15GB can pick up a Google One account, which starts at $1.99 per month for 100GB storage. Or start cleaning, moving, deleting!

Many folks have become accustomed to using Gmail as a giant storage box for their research. I have created labels for different subjects and stored emails, including those with pictures and even big MP4 files, there. The searching methods Google provides made my email storage spot better than Evernote or DropBox!  And many people I know, my grandkids included, have chosen to skip Microsoft Office and are using Google Docs instead, using the free storage area too. And how many of us are using Google Photos for vacation pics, genealogy pics, kids pics…. you get the picture!

Congress told Google and Facebook that they are too big. So, Google said “Yup, our free stuff is too big. The party is over, folks.” Thanks a lot, Congress. You just don’t know how to negotiate!

Well, we have 6 months to figure out how to fit into 15 gigs or get a Google One account. When “the system” decides to delete data from your stored files, they won’t do it “judiciously”. Files or emails will just disappear. So, start now — look for offline storage for those treasured items in your Photo albums; delete those stupid jokes you trade back and forth and never delete. Clean your email by searching for mail with attachments first.


I fear I will be looking seriously at the Google One account. But I must also remember that if Congress pushes hard at breaking up Google, I had better be simultaneously copying files to offline storage. The pandemic has shown us that we should be prepared, just in case.


There is also Microsoft or Adobe or Apple cloud storage that can be used instead of Google’s plan. But, we gotta decide within 6 months.  Don’t delay.


Updated: to find out how much space you are using – First sign in to your Gmail account. Then open a 2nd tab in your browser and go to one.google.com/storage. Your data will be there.


Hallow Witch

Just for Halloween!! The 2nd wife of my 8th grandfather was hanged as a witch in Salem, MA on July 19, 1692. She was Susanna North Martin, wife of George Martin. See relationship in attached photo. Not blood relationship, but close enough to let me legally howl during the full moons.

Item from group meeting today

At the DNA Discussion group today, I mentioned a bit about a phenotype study Parabon is doing.  I have decided it does not relate to the MoCoGenSo  charter, so I am not posting the information here.

But I did promise to provide the information to the DNA group.  If you are interested, you can see the information in my personal blog: CLICK HERE.

If you are not interested in this subject, just ignore this post.  Thanks
Jim Robeson

Geneanet . org

Today during the DNA Discussion meeting we were shown a genealogical site that I hadn’t seen before. Geneanet is a European based genealogy research service headquartered in France. Launched in 1996 specifically to help family historians search for and share relevant information, the website has had over a decade to accumulate submitted data and add that to its ever growing archive of records.

Basic services are free, and there is a fee based Premium service too. You can build your tree with Gedcom upload. And you can upload your DNA data files from other companies. They do not do DNA testing but they do matching!

If you are “into” genealogy and have European ancestry, this site is worth a look. Give it a once over, do some searching. Our demo today made the site look interesting.


National Ice Cream Day

In 1984, July was proclaimed as National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day was declared to be the third Sunday in July.

This year July 19th is the day to splurge! Treat yourself, have a scoop (or two). This year especially, it seems to be deserving.

🙂