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Genealogy Cruises Compared By Dick Eastman
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The year 2007 has seen three major genealogy cruises departing from North American ports. I was fortunate enough to be a participant on all three and decided to write a bit about my experiences. If... More > you are thinking about joining a future genealogy cruise, my experiences may help identify the best future cruise for you as well as for your traveling companions.< Less
Comment: Genealogy Cruises Versus Conferences By Dick Eastman
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If interest in genealogy is declining, why is interest in genealogy cruises soaring? Or is it simply a symptom of a different problem: the possibility that traditional national genealogy conferences... More > are no longer attracting genealogists like they used to?< Less
The Amazon Kindle: A Genealogy Tool By Dick Eastman
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Amazon recently released a new "e-book reader" called the Kindle. I managed to obtain one of the first units shipped and have been using it for about three weeks. I find it to be an... More > impressive device. In fact, I also see a lot of potential for genealogy uses. However, unlike many of the high tech devices that I write about, this one is not easy for individual genealogists to implement. The Kindle really needs to be adopted first by the authors, publishers, and retailers who supply genealogy information. Once a mass of material becomes available in Kindle format, the device could be very attractive for all of us. Luckily, that should be easy and inexpensive to accomplish. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me first explain what a Kindle is and its place in today's marketplace.< Less
Host Your Own Web Server at Home By Dick Eastman
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NOTE: This article was originally posted in three parts in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. All three installments are included in this archive article. There's a plethora of web... More > hosting services willing to host personal web pages that you create. You can post your genealogy pages on the web as well as other pages about most anything else that you wish to share with others, be it your bowling league's scores, your son's Cub Scout Den home page, or pictures of your grandchildren or family gatherings. Prices range from free to about $10.00 a month for personal Web sites. However, you might not want to use a commercial hosting service. Many people are surprised to learn that they can create their own web server on any Windows 95 or later computer as well as on Macintosh OS X or on Linux. Your present computer can serve as a web server, even while you simultaneously use the word processor, read and write e-mail, surf the Web, or use other programs.< Less
How to Automatically Add Articles to your Web Site By Dick Eastman
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You can add articles from this newsletter to your web site or a society’s printed genealogy newsletter or other publications that you edit. Of course, this newsletter is not the only online... More > publication that offers content that you can use. Articles about thousands of topics are available from many sources, ranging from private blogs to the BBC and the New York Times. Check the copyright statements closely. If the publisher allows, you can add those articles to your own web site. A couple of people wrote to ask, “How can I automatically add articles to my web site without copying and pasting them?” Actually, there are several methods available. However, I always like to do things the easy way.< Less
Securing Your Home Computer By Dick Eastman
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Your computer is under attack! If you ever connect your computer to the Internet, it is constantly exposed to viruses, spyware, password-stealing programs, and more. The unprotected computer can be... More > compromised within seconds after going online. This article will discuss Windows systems. To be sure, viruses, spyware and other attacks theoretically could exist for Macintosh and Linux systems. However, experience has shown that such problems are very rare on Linux and Macintosh. Ninety-nine percent of the attacks occur on Windows systems because of its popularity and its many security holes. Luckily, a few simple precautions can keep your Windows computer safe and secure.< Less
Web 2.0 for Genealogists By Dick Eastman
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Lots of new buzzwords are creeping into Internet-related vocabularies: Web 2.0, social networking sites, wikis, folksonomies, XML, and more. I thought I would write a mostly non-technical explanation... More > of Web 2.0. I will do so from a genealogist's point of view. In short, I will try to answer the question, "What does Web 2.0 mean to genealogists?"< Less
Throw Your Telephone Away By Dick Eastman
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Do you need your telephone? Is it worth the price you pay for monthly service? I stopped using a regular telephone a couple of years ago, and don't miss it. Even better, I don't miss the monthly... More > bills I used to pay. Now it seems that many Americans agree with me.< Less
Reduce Unwanted E-mail Messages By Dick Eastman
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NOTE: Many online companies do not want you to read this article because it describes a simple method of avoiding most of their advertising e-mail messages. One of the handiest tools available for... More > any Internet user is disposable e-mail addresses. There are several scenarios where you might want to receive e-mail from a company for a few days but not be bothered with advertising e-mails in future weeks. Disposable e-mail addresses are a perfect tool for this scenario.< Less
In Search of the Smallest PC Available By Dick Eastman
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I travel quite a bit, both for business and for pleasure. Under the term “pleasure,” I include genealogy-related trips. I spend considerable time going to genealogy libraries, archives,... More > town halls, and cemeteries. Like many people today, I am also “connected.” That is, I use e-mail, the web, and other online resources frequently. As a result, I own a laptop computer and use it a lot when traveling. The various advertisements make it sound so easy to travel with a laptop. After all, it only weighs six pounds or perhaps a bit less. That should be easy to take along and use daily, right? Wrong!< Less

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Left to Die Left to Die By Wes Rand
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