Tech Tuesday

Tech Tuesday – Using SmartDraw for Genealogy

Posted on November 8, 2016 in Tech Tuesday

There is an interesting piece of software called SmartDraw that I’ve been using for several years. Prior to that I used Microsoft Visio to do my graphic flowcharts, workflows, images and various charts that I saved as JPG or PDF and used in my PowerPoint presentations, reports, etc. Visio got very expensive so while looking for a replacement, I came […]

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Tech Tuesday – Using Transcript for Transcribing Documents

Posted on October 18, 2016 in Tech Tuesday

Transcript a little tool, developed by Jacob Boerema, that helps you transcribe text from digital media. Back in 2011, I had just accepted a job to transcribe 52 early deeds so I began looking for something that might make the job, if not easy, at least easier—and I discovered Transcript. I really love this little gem. I was scanning the […]

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Tech Tuesday: Make Google the Default Search Engine in Windows 10 Edge

Posted on March 15, 2016 in Genealogical Tips, Tech Tuesday

This post is not really genealogy, but the default search engine may be of interest to many genealogists who are heavily invested in using Google for genealogy searches on the Internet. Microsoft Windows 10 and its new browser, Edge, default to Bing as the search engine of choice both on your desktop and Edge. If you don’t care for Bing, […]

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Tech Tuesday- Using Snagit to Attach Citations to Your Digital Images

Posted on March 8, 2016 in Tech Tuesday

There are many ways to attach a source citation to a digital image using various techniques and products. One of my favorite methods is to use a program called Snagit from TechSmith. Open your image in Snagit Editor. As my example I am using an image of the 1930 US census that I downloaded from Ancestry.com to my computer. Under […]

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Tech Tuesday – FTM Transition Implementation: Phase 1 How to Identify & Fix Potential GEDCOM Errors

Posted on January 26, 2016 in Genealogical Technology, Tech Tuesday

Phase 1 of my transition plan encompasses identifying my requirements both mandatory and optional, addressing cleaning up my database and preparing my data for import into my selected evaluation programs. I have decided to devote Friday mornings to completing all the activities required by my plan and will try to report on them the following Tuesday as a “Tech Tuesday” […]

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Tech Tuesday – FTM Transition Implementation: Phase 1 Determine Requirements

Posted on January 19, 2016 in Genealogical Technology, Tech Tuesday

Phase 1 of my transition plan encompasses identifying my requirements both mandatory and optional, addressing cleaning up my database and preparing my data for import into my selected evaluation programs. I have decided to devote Friday mornings to completing all the activities required by my plan and will try to report on them the following Tuesday as a “Tech Tuesday” […]

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Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 3, the Final Phase

My first transition plan post, Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 1 encompassed the first phase of my project, identifying my requirements both mandatory and optional, addressing cleaning up my database and preparing my data for import into my selected evaluation programs. I have scheduled execution of Phase 1 of my plan to begin on Friday, […]

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Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 2

Posted on December 29, 2015 in Genealogical Technology, Tech Tuesday

My prior post, Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 1 encompassed the first phase of my project, addressing cleaning up my database and selecting and installing my evaluation programs. I have scheduled execution of Phase 1 of my plan to begin on Friday, January 15, 2016. I have decided to devote Friday mornings to completing all the […]

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Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 1

Posted on December 22, 2015 in Genealogical Technology, Tech Tuesday

Recently, Ancestry.com announced that they are retiring their software product, Family Tree Maker (current version is Family Tree Maker 2014) on December 31, 2015. They will support the program until December 31, 2016. I have used Family Tree Maker (FTM) since 1996. I am currently on FTM 2014. I also use Legacy 8, Roots Magic 7 (RM), The Master Genealogist […]

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