Family Tree/History Software

The link below is to an article that considers family tree/history software and how to choose which one is right for you.

For more visit:
http://www.insidehistory.com.au/2014/12/choosing-the-right-family-history-software/

Entering Records

It can certainly take a lot of time to input records into genealogy software. There are over 15 000 individuals in my database and probably another 5 000 to 10 000 to enter yet. Slowly but surely it is all being compiled in the one place (with backups of course), or rather, software program/file. I’m hoping that in another 12-18 months I’ll have a completed product/book – not that it will all be up to date of course, as it keeps changing with births, deaths and marriages, but at least there will be something available to provide some background to the family’s history.

Once the information is entered there will need to be some reviewing of it, but that will also be an ongoing process.

Lost File Found

My confused records have just become a little clearer, with a lost file found. This found file will save me a heap of work and now brings me back to where I was when I last worked on the family tree. Pages of records will now not have to be re-entered into the software via a previously saved backup of the file. I have now saved a new backup of the file and so relief here is palpable.

So work is about to begin and indeed has begun on family history records and the like again – not only that, but I feel a little keen to do so also, so that will help also.

Evernote and Genealogy: Part 1

The link below is to an article that looks at using Evernote in genealogical research. Evernote is one of my favourite web applications, apps and pieces of software that I use across the board, for all manner of purposes. 

For more visit:
http://www.archives.com/experts/macentee-thomas/evernote-your-virtual-genealogy-assistant.html

Wow – Great New Features in Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader

As most people probably know, a PDF reader is required to read PDF files. Usually you would use Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader for that. Now there is even more reason to use Adobe’s piece of software for doing just that. Adobe has just released version X of the software and it has some massive improvements – improvements that will be of great help to family members at Tracing our History.

The following are the ‘new’ features of version X of Acrobat PDF Reader:

  • Read, search and share PDF files
  • Convert to PDF
  • Export and edit PDF files
  • Add rich media to PDF files
  • Combine files from multiple applications
  • Increase productivity and process consistency
  • Streamline document reviews
  • Collect data with fillable PDF forms
  • Protect PDF files and content
  • Comply with PDF and accessibility standards

OK, that all sounds very confusing I guess – it does a bit to me also. Now this is how I see at least some of the improvements and they are what I’ve been looking for for a long time.:

  • There is the ability now to highlight text within a PDF file
  • There is the ability to add a note to what is highlighted and make comments. If the PDF file is sent to someone else to look at it can be opened and comments can be made in reply to what you have written. This makes a PDF file very collaborative in research.
  • There is the ability to place sticky notes onto the file – just as you would with a book or magazine. Again, these can be replied to or edited.
  • Obviously the PDF file can be shared with others for their comments and be passed backward and forwards.
  • The PDF file can also be sent to someone else right in the reader software by email or via Adobe Online.

So they are just some of the uses of version X, but they are brilliant for genealogy research.

To get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader X visit:
http://www.adobe-new-downloads.com/