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Title: Spokane 22nd Ward

Family History Class
  • Spokane 22nd Ward
  • Lesson 4
  • Getting Your Computers Help

Lesson Objectives
  • Learn about the advantages of family history
    computer software
  • Learn things your computer can do for you
  • Learn what a GEDCOM file is

Your Computer
  • Loaded with a family history software program has
    the power to do many tasks quickly and easily
    that would otherwise be difficult and
    time-consuming for you.

Things Your Computer Can Do For You
  • Store all of your information in an organized
    manner and out of sight
  • While you will still have a lot of paper, the
    bulk of your family history will be stored
    electronically in a very small space.
  • Computers can sort information and print it out
    in many different formats including
  • Pedigree Charts
  • Family Group Records
  • Descendancy Charts
  • Kinship Lists

Things Your Computer Can Do For You
  • Depending on your software, you can create any or
    all of the following lists
  • Possible Problems
  • Duplicate Names
  • To Do Lists
  • Sources Lists
  • Facts Without Sources
  • Individuals without parents
  • Individuals without LDS ordinances
  • Address Lists
  • Birthday and Anniversary Lists

Things Your Computer Can Do For You
  • You can print out blank forms (such as, pedigree
    charts, research logs, etc.)
  • Documentation of facts can be more complete with
    the aid of software.
  • Once you enter in data, you never have to retype
    it again
  • Some family history software provides plenty of
    space to add notes or stories.

Things Your Computer Can Do For You
  • Most family history programs have a date
    calculator, a relationship calculator, and a
    Soundex calculator.
  • Most family history programs have the ability to
    merge duplicate records of the same person into
    one record.
  • You can transfer information electronically.

Things Your Computer Can Do For You
  • You can create a GEDCOM file for TempleReady.
  • You can also create a GEDCOM file to add your
    family history to Ancestral File or to preserve
    your genealogy through the www.familysearch.org
    site on the internet.
  • Your computer connects you with the world of
    family history in cyberspace.

Things Your Computer Can Do For You
  • You can compile and print your family history.
  • You can add photographs to your text.
  • You can print a descendancy family history using
    the Ahnentafel or Modified Register.

What is a GEDCOM File?
  • GEDCOM is an acronym that stands for
  • GEnealogical Data COMmunication
  • Developed in 1987 by the Church, makes it
    possible to transfer family history data between
    different family history software programs.
  • It has now become the standard
  • GEDCOM files can be attached to emails
  • GEDCOM files can be converted to HTML so that can
    be placed directly onto the World Wide Web.

Which Family History Software?
  • There are nearly 40 different programs on the
  • Ask family and friends which programs they are
    using and why.
  • There is an advantage to using the same program
    as those with whom you are likely to exchange

Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
  • Developed by the Church
  • Has become one of the most widely used programs
  • Can be purchased from the Church for 5.00
    (version 5.2)
  • Is free by downloading from www.familysearch.org

Websites For Other Software
  • Ancestral Quest www.ancquest.com
  • Cumberland Family Tree www.cf-software.com
  • Family Origins www.shopmattel.com
  • Family Treasures www.famtech.com
  • Family Tree Maker www.familytreemaker.com

Organizing Computer Files
  • Your computer can help you reduce stacks of paper
    by organizing your information.
  • Remember that the goal of a good filing system is
    to have quick access to each piece of information
    through the use of logical divisions and clear
    file names.

Create a Correspondence File
  • Consider creating a separate correspondence file
    on the computer.
  • You can then search quickly for a specific name.
  • Summarize each piece of correspondence.
  • Include all essential data, such as Name,
    address, phone number, email address, etc.
  • Also include a summary of your response to each

Getting More Information
  • Matthew and April Leigh Helm, Genealogy Online
    for Dummies, Foster City, CA IDG Books
    Worldwide, Inc., 1998.
  • Visit with sales people in a variety of computer
    stores before buying a computer. Compare.
  • Check computer periodicals at your local library.

  • Practice exporting a GEDCOM file to a disk using
    Ancestral File (or PAF) and TempleReady
  • Take time to learn one new facet of your computer
    hardware or family history software
  • Learn the difference between notes and sources.
    Practice adding notes and sources
  • Learn to document your family history
  • Learn to attach a GEDCOM file to an email
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