My old email messages have a lot of sentimental value to me, and I want to preserve them indefinitely. I'm just not sure about the best approach.
I'd like to convert my AOL messages and my Outlook Express messages into some kind of searchable format—a plain text file, Word document, or a searchable PDF file, perhaps. I'm not so concerned with preserving the threading of the messages, and I don't really care much about keeping the attachments.
I used AOL from around 1995 to 2000. I still have my personal filing cabinet (PFC), which contains all my old email messages. I looked around on Google, and I saw this page
and this page
about converting old PFC files. Neither site gave me the warm fuzzies. I was hoping someone on AskMeFi might have an informed opinion.
I used Outlook Express from about 2000 to 2006 (when I switched to Gmail). I used to sort my messages into a bunch of different folders, so I have about 30 DBX files. I know I can import them into other email programs, but I think doing so might create more problems than it solves. I just want to have the ability to search the messages (using a simple text search) and read them at will. Again, threading and attachments are not too important.