I frequently use word documents to type out my stuff before I post - especially when there are links involved... not just the link, but the data and the source. I know this takes more time, especially when you are trying to help someone. Sometimes I don't back up... and that's when all hell breaks loose.
There are people trying to build their trees without a subscription and count on those who pay... that's another thread all together... :(
I do like to use both - shoe box and text documents...
And did you know that your Shoe Box is not at all private?
Further.. re-read your post.
I no longer save documents to my computer unless I really have to - since the majority of my work is volunteer.
Because of the area I live in, we lack "unlimited" internet service choices... I think we only have one provider that offers unlimited, but it's not well known in our community and deemed unreliable. Set up is also complicated.
These monopolistic service providers put a cap on how much you can download.. and if you exceed the limit, the charge can be hefty.
Thank you for your quick reply, appreciate your input.