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Genealogy Software as a Service
“Let's move our databases to the cloud.”
For years, tens of thousands of genealogists have kept their databases on personal computers. Each database has been an island; these local... More > databases don't communicate with any other databases. In this island mode, I may have data in my computer that partially overlaps data in your computer. Perhaps you have data that I need or vice versa. Yet most of today's genealogy programs do not allow us to easily share our research efforts. Several people duplicating the exact same records is a waste of resources, time, and money. Why not work together in a collaborative environment?
Indeed, the old-fashioned methods that most of us have been using are now going the way of buggy whips.< Less
Comments About Future Genealogy Software
A newsletter reader wrote and described his tale of woe. He is unhappy with his current genealogy software and asked about any “reliable” genealogy software that will be supported for... More > years into the future.< Less
Use Windows Genealogy Programs on Linux - The Easy Way
Perhaps you have been tempted to switch to Linux, the free operating system that is more stable and less prone to viruses and other problems than the dominant Windows operating system. Millions have... More > switched to Linux, and most refuse to go back. However, you may find significant disadvantages to Linux. For one thing, it will not use Windows programs unless you take special steps to add that functionality.
This article describes one easy method of running Windows programs on Linux. All the required software is free except for a copy of the Windows operating system. Even Windows may be free for you (actually it is "no additional charge") if you already own a licensed copy.< Less
Secrets to Making Amazing Money with a Genealogy-Related Business
This 3-part Genealogy, Computer and Business eBook is necessary for those wanting to computerize their genealogy, but don't have a clue where to start. For those desiring to find their ancestors, but... More > need help with finding information. For those that want to run their own business (be it genealogy-related or not), but know little about business. (Or for anybody in-between those three types.) This eBook is broken down into three parts containing resources for Computer, Genealogy and Business, so you choose which one to delve into first. Included are websites that provide free genealogy software, free photo-enhancing software, free records and free business help. 600+ hyperlinks go to only well-vetted websites, saving months or years of laboring research. While some of the websites contained within have programs that you can buy in to, they have been researched to be well worth the investment. "Gotcha" websites are not included. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Great Gift!< Less
Getting the Most from Family Historian 5
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Revised and updated for version 5, the book has everything you need to become an expert in using Family Historian, the award-winning genealogy software product.
Early chapters cover the basics,... More > including everything beginners need to get started. The book then moves on to cover pictures and multimedia, reports, books & booklets, working with record data, using interactive diagrams, working with charts, sources, queries, merge/compare, import/export, named lists, record flags and more. Finally the last chapter looks at other wizards and tools, such as the website publishing wizard, the CD/DVD creation wizard, the Internet Search tool, Backup/Restore, the new Plugin Store, the new scripting tools, and more.
Using numerous screenshots and examples, the various program elements are introduced one by one. Hints and tips are provided throughout to help the reader become more productive. Gradually, in simple incremental steps, the reader is introduced to all the powerful features of Family Historian.< Less
Moving From a Desktop to a Laptop Computer
A newsletter reader wrote this week, asking a number of excellent questions. Here is an excerpt from that message:
1. Do you recommend any particular basic software, memory, accessory requirements... More > for a laptop that is to be used primarily for genealogical research? I would like a laptop to which I could export slide shows for display and/or lecture purposes.
2. Will I need to buy another version of TMG [The Master Genealogist] software to download on the laptop or can I transfer the software I already own onto another machine? Is it possible to export slide-shows as long as the software programs are identical or from the same supplier?
3. What is the best way to transfer data back and forth from the new laptop into my PC, and vice versa? If that best way is by burning data into a CD-ROM, how time-consuming a process is that? I'd like a short process possible!< Less
Recording the Locations of Your Family Photographs
When going through a box of old photographs or viewing the latest digital pictures on your computer, did you ever ask, “I wonder where this photograph was taken?” Now a new software tool... More > can record the exact location of every digital picture in your collection. This includes old family photographs that you have scanned as well as new pictures that you or someone else takes with a digital camera.
This product will not do the detective work for you. You must still find where the picture was taken in the traditional manner. You then scan the photograph, saving it as a JPEG image. Once the photograph is on your hard drive, you use this small Windows program to embed the longitude and latitude information into the photograph in a hidden area of the image. Once the information is recorded, you and future viewers of the image will wonder no more. Even better, with the appropriate software, you can just click on an icon to display a map that shows the exact location.< Less
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The book combines genealogies of some 30 related families. Included are (1) selections of photographs in the form of family albums (2) photo portraits inserted into a family tree software program (3)... More > descendant reports for 13 individuals and (4) an Index of the 436 people in this study (when available their birth, marriage and death dates and locations are included).< Less
Few Words about PowerPoint
Warning: This article contains personal opinions.
As you might expect with any conference of 150 or more presentations, there are many stories to be told at this year’s conference of the... More > National Genealogical Society. The one that surprised me this week was the high failure rate of hardware and software among the presenters. I heard stories of no less than six different presenters who had major problems with their laptop computers, operating system, PowerPoint slides, or other critical computer tools.
Perhaps there are two or three lessons to be learned here.< Less