As technology changes and everyone goes digital we are finding our selves with an ever increasing number of genealogy e-books and or digital magazines. Sometimes it can get hard to find just what you want or need when you need it. The following software was made with this in mind and it is made by Adobe the leading PDF software developer. Continue reading
While doing research we might come across an image that we might need a copy of but when you right click on it it is not allowed. I know that you can just print screen it and paste it to your favorite image editor but it is very time consuming. The alternative to this method is to use Microsoft’s Snipping Tool. Continue reading
Last month Taco Goulooze shared the link to FastFilm on Google+, if you have not used this utility you are missing out big time. You may be asking yourself, What is FastFilm? It is a small utility that will let you download Batch Images from FamilySearch.
You may ask your self, Why do I need this? Simply put, to speed up and be more efficient when searching for a particular document in a set of documents. As you may be aware of, just trying to view an image using your browser on FamilySearch may take up to 30 seconds to a minute to load. Imagine doing this if you do not have a date or and have to go document by document.
After installing FastFile you will be able to download the set of images where the document you are looking for may be. Believe me the download speeds are fast. After it finishes you will be able to browse through the images superfast without the loading times that you would get otherwise.
Just ensure that you have hard drive space since each image is on average about 1.5 megabyte big.
You can visit the developers page for more information or to download the program on the following link.
Transcribing records for your Genealogy research is a must and I know that at one point you will have to do it, and that is why I am writing this post. I want to let you know about the program that I personally use. I had already briefly mentioned this piece of software on an earlier post. Well, today I took the time to give it the justice that it deserves. Continue reading
This is one of those programs that I have been using since as far back as I can remember. This program will let you copy an entire website for browsing offline later on. Please read the following description from their website and then read my suggestion on how to use this program in your Genealogy research.
“HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.” - www.httrack.com
Now that you know exactly what HTTrack is let me tell you how I use it on my Genealogy research and maybe you all can use it the same way. While doing my research I have come across websites that are full databases and the ancestors mentioned there are too many to copy, print, or annotate. What I do instead is download the entire website using this program and place the entire thing on my sources folder.
Then when I am away from home and have no connection to the internet I can continue doing my research on that particular website. Where it comes super handy is when the website you are looking for no longer exists. This has happened twice but luckily I had made copies of them and I still continue to cite them. Hope that you all find this program useful.
Please note this only works on websites that have .html extension and will not work on wordpress websites.
To download go to: http://www.httrack.com/
Searches text files for strings and combination of strings. Has useful or / and / and not search combinations, and can also use regular expressions. New in version 3, is the built-in viewer / editor that highlights the matched strings and lines.
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I have been using this software for about four years, and the way that I use it is mainly to search text based databases that I have accumulated throughout the years, for example vital records, voter lists, indexes of census, and others. It displays the line of text where there is a match and it searches multiple documents at the same time.
Try it out right now they have a 30 day trial period and if it serves your needs SadMan Software Search is priced at $29.00 for a personal or corporate single-user license. I usually don’t spend money but this is the only software that I have found that gets the job done. If anyone has a free alternative that does the same job as this software let me know.
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Disclaimer: I am in no way or manner affiliated in any form or manner with this website, try out before you buy. Just wanted to share software that can be useful to any family historian or genealogist.
Abstracting and transcribing Genealogical documents is very important and sometimes crucial. You always want to verify your sources and what better way than finding an original document and either abstracting or transcribing it. Not to mention that things you will find when taking the time to read the documents, are priceless.
As you may have already noticed I do a lot of transcribing and the following listed resources were fundamental to helping me decipher those old handwritten documents.
I do not intend nor will I do a tutorial on how or the importance of Abstracting & Transcribing Genealogical Documents but I will point you in the right direction, just follow these steps:
- Read Kimberly Powell’s article in about.com where she explains the importance of Abstracting & Transcribing Genealogical Documents. She also explains what each is and its role in genealogy.
- Read and use, Spanish Records Extraction – An Instructional Guide from byu.edu.
- Use Transcript 2.3 or Genscriber depending on your needs, both are free for personal non commercial use. Lately I have just been using Transcript since it helps me get the job done.
Remember always add your abstracts or transcriptions to your genealogical database. i also attach a copy of the image and make sure that I cite it properly for future reference. I hope that this helps you out. Any suggestions on this subject please let me know.