There are myriad ways to organize genealogy data. The “best method” depends upon your own preferences and organizational skills. For many of us, a computer is a valuable organizational... More > tool. Whether you use a high tech device or paper and pencil, eventually you will want to produce lists of ancestors or descendants. Ideally, those lists should be in a format that is easy to read and quickly understood. Sooner or later, you will look at assigning identity numbers to each individual.< Less
I have learned that having a booth at a genealogy conference is expensive!
Typically, the rental of the booth space is one of the lower expenses. I have paid as little as $35 for an 8-by-10 foot... More > booth at a regional conference held in a small city. The highest price I have paid was $250.< Less
Is it time to stop the presses?
It seems that every week I report in this newsletter about more and more genealogy books that are being converted to electronic format. Sure, old books have been... More > digitized for several years now. However, even new books are now appearing as electronic publications.
Is this an indication of the end of book publishing as we know it? Will simple economics drive printed books out of existence?< Less
Podcasting is the latest method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or videos, over the Internet for playback on personal computers or on portable music players. These broadcasts... More > are rapidly becoming very popular on the Internet. What began as a way of broadcasting music to iPod devices (hence the term “podcast”) has grown to include many kinds recordings that anyone can enjoy from any computer connected to the internet. It’s now easy and cheap enough that people like you and I can add recordings to our own web sites or to the web site of our local genealogical society, historical society, or museum.< Less
I love technology. It allows us to do many things that were unthinkable only a few years ago. As hard core an enthusiast as I am, I still occasionally find new things that cause me to exclaim,... More > "Wow! That's neat!" I had one of those moments this week. I used a combination of technologies that I never dreamed of before. Yet, when I used the service for the first time, I instantly became a fan. This new service has many uses, but I immediately thought about using it on genealogy field trips. I know I will be using this service again and again.< Less
I used to have a spam mail problem. Everybody receives spam mail these days; but because my e-mail address is plastered all over the Web, I get more spam mail than most people. The "spam... More > harvesters" that scour the web looking for e-mail addresses always find mine. About 400 spam messages per day bombard me, many more than the number of legitimate e-mail messages I receive.
A few months ago I found an easy solution. It works on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It deletes about 99.9% of the junk mail, and more importantly, it never deletes a legitimate message. I went from 400 or more spam mails per day in my in-box to less than five.< Less
We often think of speculation in stock market, real estate, oil futures, or dot-com companies to be modern ventures for risk-taking entrepreneurs. Not so. Our ancestors were known to take perhaps... More > even greater risks in a largely unregulated business atmosphere. Perhaps the most famous was the Dutch Tulip Mania of 1636-1637. However, it was not confined to the Dutch; many of our ancestors in other countries also joined in the frenzy. Many of them lost fortunes, large and small.< Less
Sending large files to other people, such as photographs, GEDCOM files, word processing documents, PowerPoint slides, video from your digital camera, or other large amounts of information can be... More > problematic. To be sure, there are many ways of accomplishing the task, but none of them are very convenient.
All of this is complex enough make it difficult to send files to only one person. How about situations when you want to send pictures or other files to everyone at the last reunion? Perhaps 50 or 100 people? Perhaps some of them are using Windows while others use Macintosh. How do you handle that?
The "simple" task of sending a few files to a group of people quickly becomes complex. Luckily, there is an easy answer. Best of all, the solution is available free of charge.< Less
Are you eligible for citizenship in the country where your ancestors were born? You might not have to give up your American citizenship. Many Americans may be surprised to learn that they are... More > eligible for dual citizenship.< Less
I recently started using a little program for making free calls over the Internet to anyone else who also has the same software. It is free and easy to use. Best of all, it works with Windows,... More > Macintosh, Linux, and even some handheld PocketPC computers. If you make a lot of long-distance telephone calls, this free software can reduce your telephone expenses significantly. Even better, it will even (optionally) allow the two participants to see each other via the use of inexpensive web cams.
Want to talk with and see that grandchild? This software may be your answer. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection, and (optionally) an inexpensive webcam. Do you need to hold a "meeting" of a society's Board of Directors? This software can do that inexpensively, with or without video.< Less