Friday, October 13, 2017
Join us Monday, October 16 at 1:00-3:30 at the Ferndale Library.
It is National Family History Month and also Archive Month. There is a lot going on.
After a very successful September meeting where everyone paired up in 2's and 3's, we'll do it again. Do you have a genealogy problem or do you want to learn something? Let me know. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring a tip to share. Margie will do a short demo on using files and folders. Norine has been using archive services. My tip is about using Worldcat and interlibrary loan. You can use the projector to demo if that will help.
We have a request to see ways of “packaging” family info and photos. If you have books, notebooks, etc., bring them along.
When we break up to do our work, someone will help with setting up email delivery from the blog, Margie will help with files and Marlene and I will meet with a small group who are just getting started.
Do you need help with genealogy or technical skills? Come prepared with a computing device or plan to borrow one. And passwords, of course.
Lastly, whoever has the floating copy of The Foundling, if you are finished, bring that along too. Thank you.
See you there!
Thursday, October 12, 2017
At our September meeting we talked at length about family tree software and why you would want to use desktop in addition to online trees. It boils down to having control over your tree, being responsible for your own tree, and not being thrown for a loop when the businesses make capricious changes. As we know some websites are owned by equity companies and driven by the bottom line while others are owned by genealogists and are more responsive to genealogists.
The top three desktop software packages are Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, and Legacy and we have members using each of them. In our group a number are using FTM current and older versions while fewer are using RootsMagic and Legacy. During our meetings we can break out into small groups to share information.
The best article I have seen is a Family Tree Magazine online premium article called “Online Tree or Genealogy software? Deciding Where to Keep Your Data”. It’s here. I was able to read it without a premium subscription but you may need to seek out the print version at your library or on Zinio. It’s called “Tree-Keeping” in the Oct-Nov 2017 Family Tree Magazine on page 48.
One consideration is which websites the software syncs with. Sync is short for synchronize. This feature allows you to update one tree and then automatically update the other to keep them the same, or in sync. For example, Family Tree Maker (FTM) can sync with Ancestry.com. If you make a change in FTM it is moved to Ancestry.com and vice versa. That is, if you make a change in Ancestry.com the change is moved to FTM.
Family Tree Maker syncs with Ancestry.com and also costs twice as much as the others. You can find this information in the articles.
RootsMagic syncs with Ancestry.com and Family Search. Also has a free trial version.
Legacy syncs with Family Search and the Legacy version 10 will sync with MyHeritage. Also has a free trial version.
Bottom line: All three, FTM, RootsMagic and Legacy are comprehensive packages and the selection comes down to personal preference.
I have included this information on a blog page in the left sidebar called Family Tree Desktop Software so you will always be able to find it.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
A regular feature of this blog will posts of items that come to my attention. Here it is "This and That", thanks to our own Cheryl and Judy S. plus The Legal Genealogist Judy Russell .
PBS Finding Your Roots Tonight. Some of us thought last week's show was really great with Bernie Sanders and Larry David. It's online at pbs.org.
- Tues., Oct. 10, 2017, 8 p.m. ET: “Unfamiliar Kin” with Fred Armisen, Carly Simon and Christopher Walken
We are happy to announce that registration for the 2017 Washington Family History is open and live! It's free. A full day of classes and great for beginners.
Directions and more information, including instructor and class details are available at: https://wafamilyhistory.com.
From our own Judy S. "Residents of this quintessential English village thought they were 100% British. Then they took a DNA test"
A "great story" from Cheryl: Many posts tracing an adoption journey.
Breathe. This is it. Only once before in my life had I been in this position. I looked down at the quickly, but carefully
jotted down multi numerical international ...
Designate a beneficiary “Test the oldest generation first” is the
standard advice everyone — The Legal Genealogist included —
gives when it comes to DNA testing.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017