Sunday, May 20, 2018

Test of Sharing a Diigo Bookmark

I have a Diigo account where I often bookmark the URLs of pages I find interesting on the Internet.

This is a test of sharing one of those URLs

Create Family Tree, Add Photos, Notes

Dick Henthorn
20 May 2018
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

No News, Is Bad News

There have been no updates concerning the RootsWeb out of service issue from Ancestry since 6 Mar 2018. That's about 70 days without any information about what they are doing.

I know this is a "free" service and therefore probably has a very low priority.  Perhaps they have come to the conclusion that they shouldn't have become involved in the first place.

The least they could do is post periodic updates to keep people who have an interest informed.

Dick Henthorn
16 May 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Compare Classic Google Sites & New Sites

Compare Classic Google Sites & New Sites:

As of 20 Mar 2018 there are two versions of Google Sites, Classic and New.

If you are currently using the Classic Google Sites or if you are contemplating building a "free" website with this service you need to be aware of the ramifications.
  • What are the differences?
  • What will I need to learn if I migrate to the new style?
  • When will Google drop support of Classic Sites?
  • Is "free" really "free?"
This link takes you to a page where Google explains the situation. Click on the down arrows to read the details.

Dick Henthorn
20 Mar 2018

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

LDS Ancestral File Numbers

Here's a PDF that lists the LDS Ancestral File Numbers (AFN) in my pafyoh RootsMagic database.

An HTML link to the report, which is stored on my Google Drive account, displays the report. I adjusted the width to 425 to make the pop-out button visible on this page.

There is a "pop-out" arrow in the upper righthand corner. The bottom and right hand scroll bars also work without using the pop-out option. Use the plus-sign to enlarge the display to make the bottom scroll bar appear.

The purpose of this post was to assist me in the learning process. I think the result is pretty cool. There is always more to learn.

Dick Henthborn
13 Mar 2018


Monday, March 5, 2018

Virginia Helen Conaway Project Update


I continue to work on the project to re-type the 8-page, "Ice's Ferry" document written by Virginia Helen Conaway of West Virginia many years ago.

Susan Henthorn proofread my work and made some comments and suggestions. The next step is for me to review her efforts and incorporate the necessary changes into my draft.

I also started to put together my own piece about the project. My goal will be to help readers of the Conaway document understand what she wrote and identify who were the people mentioned.

It's a big project. I'm not predicting when it will be completed.

Dick Henthorn
5 Mar 2018
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Friday, March 2, 2018

WikiSpaces Closing


WikiSpaces Closing

Yesterday, while at the Senior Center to attend the twice-monthly Bowie Seniors Computer Club meeting I was using one of the two public computers in the hallway for a half-hour session.

The first thing I noticed was that a lady had been using Gmail and left the computer without signing off. She left over 4,000 Email messages open to public view. I was able to quickly figure out how to sign her off.

Next, I noticed a message from WikiSpaces. They announced that they will be shutting down the business in 2018 in a phased manner.  This will have an impact on me. In January I paid them $100 for a yearly subscription for the web space where I share lots of my genealogy information. I didn't determine how long I have to save my work. I didn't see this coming.


If you are interested in downloading anything I share on WikiSpaces or if you want to record any of the Links to other content that I share, now is the time to take action.


At this point, I haven't had enough time to think about what I want to do next. Building a website isn't a trivial matter, it takes many hours. If you have any proven suggestions that have worked for you I'm interested in what you have to say.

Dick Henthorn
2 Mar 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

RootsMagic Search Everywhere

RootsMagic Search Everywhere


Today I noticed a search option with RootsMagic that I hadn't seen before. 

This option finds records by searching the text of the Note field. 

I ran two tests looking for data tags that I entered in all caps:
  • Search for all records with the word, RESEARCHER
  • Search for all records with the word, OBITUARY
Here are three screen captures I made during the process.

First, enter the word you seek, in this case, RESEARCHER. In my Note fields this word is in uppercase (all caps) so I checked the Match case box. You have the option of searching for more than one word. In my test I was only interested in one word.


Next, after you click on "OK" the Search Everything box appears with a thermometer in green displaying the search progress.


Finally, the search results are displayed, in alphabetical order, based on the names of the person whose Note contains the word or words of interest. Here, before making the screen capture, I scrolled to the entry for deceased Yoho family researcher, Denver Clayton Yoho. 

For each person in the report a snippet of the the text of their Note with the search word(s) highlighted in red is displayed. 

Also, there are two hot spots, in blue, that can be clicked to go directly to a person's record
  • (edit)
  • Note:


The HTM file can be printed or saved. 

Dick Henthorn
23 Feb 2018