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Feb 3, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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Hey Nancy,

Yes, the results are on my computer, stored by family. Since I did so many different families at the same time, I started saving the info into groups.... Research (census, etc.) Photos, Obituaries and Gravestones, and then the main file for the PDF Book itself. I did that for each NAME of families. It's become invaluable for quickly finding certain photos or records that someone will request. Every time I came across a new census, I hit print and it would automatically make a PDF file for that census. I don't know that all machines have that capability, but I have a full blown Adobe Acrobat program on mine, so that is why I was able to do it that way.

Something else I found that worked really well with me was when I scanned my old photos... I renamed the scans like this.... 19698 Duke Reunion by using the number 1969 and the 8 it puts the photos into chronological order making them easier to find. If you are unsure about the date, take a guess based on clothing and what you remember. A guess is better than just having them floating around out of order.

Now, as for Ancestry and what happens when you are no longer a member.... I don't know since I am still a member. I read earlier this morning (I think it was ecrane that said it, but don't get me to lying about that) that the info is stored on their site, so that even when you let your membership lapse it's still available, you just won't be able to add records to the family tree. Linthicum said he gets short term memberships and works on it a little at a time when he knows he will have a block of time to devote to it. In that case, he must be able to return to his family tree or he'd have to re-enter everything.

Now I have been thinking about getting the Family Tree Maker. I saw Linth suggesting getting it on ebay. I found the 2010 version for less that $35 with shipping. I figure I could move the files from Ancestry directly into Family Tree Maker since they work closely together. I'd really hate to lose all of that information I have collected that is in one on-line place now. Heaven forbid!! I've got my printed books that I made, but ya just never know...

Good luck in your researching. It's a lot of fun. I will offer this word of caution though. Be prepared to put on a few pounds. Get up frequently from the computer. It's easy to get lost in all of those records and stay there for what seems like DAYS at a time. I spent almost an entire year working on it and even dreamt about some of the ancestors I had found. :-)


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