2017 Computer & Genetic Genealogy Notes
The New Windows Creators Update is being released April 11. It will be rolled out over the next few months and you cannot avoid getting it. See More
Windows Vista has reached end of life: No more updates.
What Is HTTPS, and Why Should I Care? HTTPS, the lock icon in the address bar, an encrypted website connection—it’s known as many things. While it was once reserved primarily for passwords and other sensitive data, the entire web is gradually leaving HTTP behind and switching to HTTPS. https://www.howtogeek.com/181767/htg-explains-what-is-https-and-why-should-i-care/
DNA Frequently Asked Questions: Legacy Tree Genealogist have done two interviews on FAQs for DNA.
One was done at RootsTech https://www.facebook.com/legacytree/videos/1530650140286108/
Another was on the Extreme Genes Podcast http://tinyurl.com/myhtx82and starts at 10:30 into the video and lasts about 12 minutes.
Family Tree Maker Announces Upgrade and FamilySync
FTM 2017 FAQs https://support.mackiev.com/856847-Family-Tree-Maker-2017-FAQ
FamilySync FAQs https://support.mackiev.com/244426-FamilySync-to-replace-TreeSync-in-FTM-2017
Make a backup of our current files before upgrading!
A Sneak Peek from the RoorsMagic Underground Labs
Questions about upcoming RootsMagic Ancestry Features http://blog.rootsmagic.com/?p=2996
Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. OneDrive: Which Cloud Storage Is Best for You? There are dozens of available cloud-based file storage services to choose from but Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive seem to be the three most popular, if not necessarily the best. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/dropbox-vs-google-drive-vs-onedrive-cloud-storage-best/
AncestryDNA’s Genetic Communities are Finally Here!
A short video is available when you log into your DNA on Ancestry.com
Also see article by Blaine Bettinger and a comprehensive webinar Exploring AncestryDNA’s New Genetic Communities available free on Legacy Family Tree Webinars until April 6 and after that with a subscription.
Keyboard Shortcuts - There are many handy keyboard shortcuts for use in Windows. For a complete list see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12445/windows-keyboard-shortcuts Most of these also work in Windows programs and apps. Some of the ones you will use the most are:
|Press these keys together
||To do this
| Ctrl + X
|| Cut the selected item so it can be moved
| trl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)
|| Copy the selected item
| Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)
|| Paste the selected item
| Ctrl + Z
|| Undo an action
| Alt + Tab
|| Switch between open apps or windows
| Ctrl + Right arrow
|| Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
| Ctrl + Left arrow
|| Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
| Ctrl + A
|| Select all items in a document or window
| Ctrl + Enter
|| Opens the Property Box
You can open the Control Panel and other Utilities qucikly in Windows by right-clicking the Start Menu "flag" in the lower left hand corner of the screen and choosing what you wish to open.
We also covered a recent AncestryDNA match for Walter's mother-in-law. Her match was shown as a 1st or 2nd cousin andhave been adopted. Walter was able to identify the father through DNA, genealogy research and having a full family tree with many cousins. While going over this example we briefly covered downloading your raw DNA file from Ancestry.com, uploading it to GEDMatch and Family Tree DNA and then showing an exampling of a match in GEDMatch.
The mobile version of RootsMagic can be used to take you genealogy database with you on a smartphone or tablet regardless of which genealogy program you use on your PC. It is free and available for both Android and Apple devices. There are a number of nice features but you cannot add to or edit you data while using it. http://rootsmagic.com/app/
Changing font size in browsers with a keystroke. This work in all PC browsers.
• CRTL-and + will increase the font size
• CTRL and – will decrease the font size
• CTRL and 0 will restore it to default
How to update Firefox and Chrome Both of these browsers are frequently updated. To update in Firefox go to the Help Menu and click About and if there is an update it will begin automatically. In Chrome, click on the Ellipsis (three vertical dots) in the upper right which will open the Menu. Next Click on Help and About Google Chrome. In both Firefox and Chrome, you must restart the browser to apply the update.
How to Opt Out of the Most Popular People Search Sites https://blog.eogn.com/2017/01/24/how-to-opt-out-of-the-most-popular-people-search-sites/
The Flexera (formally Secunia) Personal Software Inspector is a free program for PCs and Android (not sure about Apple products) that scans the software on your system and identifies programs in need of security updates to safeguard your PC against cybercriminals. It then supplies your computer with the necessary software security updates to keep it safe. Using a scanner like Secunia PSI 3.0 is complementary to antivirus software, and as a free computer security program, is essential for every home computer. http://learn.flexerasoftware.com/SVM-EVAL-Personal-Software-Inspector
I am not a robot Google Captcha. The new reCAPTCHA is here. A significant number of your users can now attest they are human without having to solve a CAPTCHA. Instead with just a single click they'll confirm they are not a robot. We're calling it the No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA experience. See blog for more details https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/
Most Windows install program are "signed" with a certificate to verify who the author is and that they are "trusted." If they are not signed, when you try to install them Windows 10 may display a popup saying Windows protected your PC with a Don't Run button. If you know the program is OK, you can click on More info in small type to run it anyway.
Windows 10 Mail - Windows 10 comes with an email program called, wait for it, Mail. Mail allows you to setup multiple email accounts and see when you have mail at a glance even when the program is minimized and how many unread message in each of them without having to exit and reenter the program. It also allows you to setup custom signatures. Setting up new accounts is simple and easy. It can be used for Gmail, Outlook/Hotmail, Exchange, Office 365 and other email programs.
Google Keep is a powerful alternative to the Evernote, OneNote, Apple Notes (Apple only) or Zoho Notebook (mobile only). Best of all, it is also available FREE of charge. Google Keep is especially appealing for anyone who uses the many other Google products, such as Chrome, Calendar, Gmail, Photos, Drive, Docs, Google Now, Google Assistant and Google Home. http://eogn.com/wp/?p=42659 https://keep.google.com/u/0/
Use Google to search the Kindle Store for free family history books using a terms like: site:www.amazon.com "Free in Kindle Store" family history edgefield sc See full article at http://familyhistorydaily.com/free-genealogy-resources/free-kindle-books/
Family Chartmasters prints family tree charts in a large variety of type and sizes. https://familychartmasters.com/
The Ancestry.com Shaky Leaf Hints do not always do what you think. See articles by Amy Johnson Crow and Ancestry Support on Hints.
CNET has an article on Windows 10 Tweaks directed at new computers but will work for anyone. Please ignore hint # 9 as this is not safe. Disabling this will prevent you from being warned when a malicious web page or email message tries to install something without your knowledge or permission.
Family Tree Maker has a new Dec. 2016 update recommended for everyone.
Learning Family Search Videos can be found in the LDS Media Library.
Check out the schedule for 2017 free webinars from Family Tree Webinars to advance your genealogy knowledge.
How to Fetch Any File on a Remote Computer with OneDrive.
Setup unattended remote access to your home computer using Teamviewer
To change Default programs in Windows 10 open Settings, click on System and then Default apps. This will open a form where you can select which program will open apps like email, photos, music, etc. If you want to choose a Default app for a specific file type, in the Default app windows scroll down to Choose default apps by file type or Choose default apps by protocol.
If you want to click on an email address and have your AOL open a new message, you first have to setup AOL to work with an email app like Windows 10 Mail.
A question was raised about adding Google Play apps to an Amazon Kindle device. The solution can be found here on Lifehacker.
2016 Computer Genealogy Notes
Macurium Reflect Home Edition can be used to backup your PC and recover files, partition and entire disk images. There is a free 30-day trial and the cost for a single home PC license is $70. http://www.macrium.com/personal.aspx
LastPass, the password protection and storage program, is now free for general use. It can be used on multiple devices and save unlimited logins for multiple sites. A Premium version is available for an annual fee of $12 that allows for family sharing, priority support and contains other powerful features.. http://lastpass.com
There are many Black Friday and CyberMonday sales for genealogy products still going on. Check out our Facebook Group page to see some of the deals. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1683510255255674/ If you are not a member of our group, please feel free to join by clicking the Join button.
http://www.Pcloud.com is a Dropbox competitor that offers 10 GB of free online storage with the option of going to 20 GB if a user makes some bonus steps. The also offer annual plans of 500 GB for $47.88 or 2 TB for $95.88.
Speaking of Dropbox, for a limited time Dell is offering an annual Dropbox Pro subscription of $59.99 for 1 TB of online storage for one year. This is a savings of $39 off the regular price. You may also get a bonus $25 Dell gift card that shows up in your cart. http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/a8340481
Six Things You Need to Do IMMEDIATELY After Plugging In Your New Router http://www.howtogeek.com/180987/5-things-you-need-to-do-immediately-after-plugging-in-your-new-router/
Free Office 2016 Quick Start Guides from Microsoft http://winsupersite.com/office-2016/office-2016-quick-start-guides-microsoft
John Cardinal has released GedSite, a program to build web sites from GEDCOM files. http://www.gedsite.com/en/index.htm. You can customize the site with different styles and features and also add custom pages. You can publish it on the web, or distribute it via a DVD or flash drive. GedSite also supports RootsMagic, Family Historian, and Legacy sentences. I have been using Second Site for many years and I hope to have a demonstration of a site created using GedSite in January.
John also offers genealogy-friendly web hosting with plans starting at $70 a year at http://www.familyhistoryhosting.com
Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ is the Library of Congress' online portal for digitized newspapers. Here you can search nearly 11.4 million pages of historical U.S. newspapers for free. There's more good news: the site has added four new states (Alaska, Colorado, Maine and New Jersey) to its list of contributors. and now allows partners to contribute much older–and newer–content.
We watched webinars from the Florida Genealogical Society on Technology for Societies. These are available from flsgs.org with a membership.
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Find My Past now offers a starter edition for $34.95 that also works with RootsMagic. It is not clear exactly what is different from their $240 Premium service but there is a difference.
Family Tree Magazine has published their 101 Best Websites for 2016.
The International Society of Genetic Genealogy has a Wiki with a ton of information for using DNA to research your family history. Their resources include links to videos, beginners guides, blogs, testing companies and an explanation of the various DNA tests.
LastPass will create and save your login information and also allow you to use multiple logins for the same site where you need different user names. It is free for up to 12 logins and $12 annually for Premium with unlimited saved logins.
Ancestry.com has a blog that you can subscribe to. Click on the email icon under Notifications on the right side of the page and provide you email address.
Another blog we discussed was DNA Explained by Roberta Estes. In this blog she explains how to use the various DNA test and also provides case studies on how DNA testing has helped break through brick walls.
Family Tree Webinars provides free webinars almost weekly on many genealogy subject and presented by known speakers. To watch them you have to register ahead of time and you can either watch them live or for a week afterwards or both. Once they have expired, you need either a monthly ($9.95) or annual ($49.95) subscription to view them. They have over 400 recorded webinars available for viewing with a subscription and you can also purchase and download individual webinars. One particular series that we discussed was a 5 part series on Foundations in DNA by Blaine Bettinger that is available with a subscription. Hint: If you watch one of their recent free webinars near the end they provide a discount code that can be used towards a subscription. You can find out about upcoming webinars by reading their blog.
CFGS Members Can Browse Other Society's Newsletters and Journals. You must be logged in to view these.
Windows 10 has a PDF printer that can be used to print any document or photo into PDF format. Learn more.
You can share any file or folder from you DropBox account so others can download or view it. You do not need a Pro or Business account to do this. Learn more. https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/20
FamilySearch.org has a public World Family Tree that you and others can edit. You can even correct errors that others have made so long as you document you proof and reasons for doing so. Learn More here.
FamilySearch.org also has way to setup a custom home page for logged in users. Once you log in on this page from then on familysearch.org will open your personal page after you log on here once.
We discussed how to work with the shaky-leaf hints in Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker software. Learn more. Also, shaky-leaf hints are coming to RootsMagic before the end of 2016.
Geni.com can now use Family Tree DNA test results to confirm or refute existing connections in the family tree, as well as identify individuals who must be related even though we may not have yet discovered how.
Google’s Chrome web browser now has an extension called AncestryDNA Helper that allows you to download a file of all your AncestryDNA matches and their ancestors into a csv file, which can be used in Excel or any program that can read text files. The search function allows you to search for matches by user name and see if they match multiple tests. You can also compare 2 or 3 tests to see common matches. And, more....
Microsoft has released a one-year update to Windows 10 called the Anniversary Update. It will automatically be installed on your computer through Windows Update soon.
Paul demonstrated how to analyze your PC using Belarc Advisor.
We visited several popular DNA genealogy sites and compared services.
- Ancestry.com only offers autosomal DNA testing. You can link your test results to a tree you build in Ancestry.com and share this informatoin with matches to other Ancestry DNA users.
- Family Tree DNA has Family Finder (autosomal), Y-DNA and mt-DNA testing available. They will put you in contact with your closest genetic matches. When you take a test they will store your DNA should you want to add additional tests. They will also accept Ancestry's autosomal tests into their database for a fee. You can built a tree on FamilyTreeDNA or provide a GEDCOM file. You can also transfer National Geographic Genographic Project results to Family Tree DNA for FREE to find your relatives and get additional insight on your ancestral origins.
- 23 and Me's testing is much more expensive than the family finder tests in Ancestry and FamilyTreeDan. In addition to ancestry composition results, they includematernal and paternal lineage, Neanderthal and many health and personal traits in their reports. 23andMe is collaborates with the family history site MyHeritage to provide an enhanced Family Tree experience for 23andMe members to provide an enhanced Family Tree experience for its members.
There was also a discussion on The Genealogy Collection resources available at the Orange County Library.
We discussed and looked at RootsMagic genealogy software. RootsMagic has a free versions you can download and try out and also a number of excellent videos on how to use RootsMagic.
From Family Tree Magazine - 50 Free Genealogy Databases (on Subscription Websites): Try these 50 useful databases (including two different US Census) that are on paid websites for free!
From Eastman's' Online Genealogy Newsletter:
A Genealogy Intro – How to Get Started in Genealogy
Genealogy Apps for Android and Chromebooks – What genealogy apps are available for use in Google's Android and Chromebooks.
Why Use a Chromebook? – What is a Chromebook and why would you want one!
Legacy Family Tree Webinars are a great source of free webinars, about one each week on many genealogy subjects.
The Southern California Genealogical Society is presenting live webinars this weekend but they will be recorded and available streamed for about a month. Other paid webinars include a day worth of DNA lectures are also available through.
Any browser can zoom in or out by using the following key combination. CTRL + (plus key) to everything larger, CTRL - (minus key) to make everything smaller or CTRL 0 to return to normal (100%) size. This works with all webpages so you can read the text or be able to see more of what is displayed (zoom into our out of a photograph). This zoom function can also be found in the browser's menu.
You can customize the layout of your Ancestry.com Homepage by clicking "Customize your homepage" next to the gear icon in the upper left. Individual sections of the page can be moved around and content may be added or removed from these sections.
When viewing the a Person page in Ancestry.com, there are three columns: Facts, Sources and Family. When viewing this page using a tablet or smartphone, these will change to only the Facts column and the Sources and Family columns become menus above the Facts so you can switch back and forth. With all three columns in the same window you can click once on either a Fact or a Source and you will see the relationship between the two columns. If you have a Fact not connected to a Source, you need to consider documenting that Fact with a Source.
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Ancestry.com – The largest commercial genealogy research source.
JSTOR is a shared digital library for Librarians, Publishers, and Individuals with more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published.
MyHeritage - Build a family tree, add names, dates, photos and stories and share with your family.
Genealogy lectures on TED Talks - TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
GEDmatch - Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research. GEDmatch allows you to share your DNA results from Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA and 23 and Me.
EasyBib - Generates citations to use in your genealogy program or family history in the MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography:
Long Lost Family – American version of a long running British genealogy series on TLC network.
Lynda.com – Learn a new business, creative and technology skills online, on your time. Note that the Orange Co. Library allows free home access to Lynda.com with your library card. Other libraries may also allow this.
Yippy.com is a web search engine that categorizes results.
Fulton History – Search over 34,000,000 Historical Newspaper Pages from the USA & Canada including images of some older newspapers, mainly from smaller communities. This site requires Flash to be installed. Once the site opens, click on Enter.
March 5, 2016
Cyndi's List is now 20 years old and has hundreds of thousands of links of interest to genealogist.
Family Tree Maker has been updated to add new merge options and minor bug fixes. To purchase FTM or for more information.
The RootsTech 2016 videos are now available for viewing.
The Family History Library Announces Free Classes and Webinars
The In Depth Genealogist's offers a regular Chit Chat that is streamed live and recorded. Their broadcast for Feb 15, 2016 featured DNA expert CeCe Moore discussing the recent Finding Your Roots program featuring L L Cool J. This episode covered the field of genetic genealogy and how it related to the FYR TV show. All past episodes of Finding Your Roots can be viewed here.
If you need to convert a printed page or scanned file to readable text you need Optical Character Recognition or OCR. OCR software typically comes with some All-in-One printers but it can be purchased seperately. If you do not already have it, see the article 4 Free Online OCR Tools Put to the Ultimate Test for alternatives.
If you do not already subscribed to the free Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter you need to. EOGN is the Gold Standard for genealogy news. You should also consider paying $15 for an annual subscription to his Plus Edition which includes additional and more in depth articles.
The Ancestry Blog publishes on a regular basis article of general interest to help you use Ancestry.com. You do not have to be a member of Ancestry.com in order to use the blog. The blog can be subscribed to via email or RSS feed by clicking on the link in the Notifications box found on any of the blog's page. You can also simplly brows or search the blog. A subset of the blog are their Artlcles About Collections and these refer to specific record sets on Ancestry.com.
CloudConvert converts almost any file from one format to almost any other format. It recognizes files in more than 200 different formats, and connects with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. It is useful for converting PNG images into JPG format. It also can turn a PDF file into a DOCX file, which you may open in Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, or Google Docs. It also can convert Macintosh Keynote presentation files into PowerPoint PPTX files. In fact, CloudConvert can convert about 200 different file formats into other file formats. (From eogn.com)
Post your DNA results to GEDMatch to find cousins.
MalwareBytes will check for viruses and other malware. There ia a free version or a Pro version for $24.95.
Legacy Family Tree Webinars offers many free webinars and also offers a paid monthly or annual subscription. In their library they also have 7 webinars on DNA.
Giveawayoftheday is a site that emails you a link to a different free program each day.
Fulton History has many old newspapers. This site requires Flash to be installed and after it opens click on Enter.
Smallpdf.com allows you to manulipate PDF files.
"Cleaning the Dust Bunnies Out of Your Computer" This presentation is located in our Members Blog (registration and login required)
Microsoft's Feb. 9th "Recommended Update" could install Windows 10 on your computer - See WinSuperSite and Thurrott.com
The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting an extensive and comprehensive guide to troubleshooting and solving common problems in Windows 10.
Websites mentioned in RootsTech 2016
- http://www.Historypin.com A place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities.
- http://whatwasthere.com An online history project that provides a platform where anyone can easily upload a photo taken in a specific location and share something about the photo.
- http://theclio.com An educational website and mobile application that guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States.
- http://FieldTripper.com Field Trip (app only ) is used when you are in a location and want to find out more about it using your smartphone.
Announcement from Ancestry.com this week
- Family Tree Maker software has been sold and is still alive.
- RootsMagic will be integrated with Ancestry.com.
Watch final day of RootsTech.org presentations live today. These presentation will be available online at a later date.
We spent quite a bit of time discussing the Family Tree feature on FamilySearch.org. Note: you should be logged in to FamilySearch with a free account to use this feature.