Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CVGS Computer Group Review - by Gary Brock

At the 19 October meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Computer Group, attendees were asked to relate any specific problems they were having in operating their computer or an application on their computer.

Marie, working on Windows 7, said she was having some problems with Source Citations. Randy went through some of the common problems between different versions of Family Tree Maker (FTM) and other similar programs.

Tvette, working on Windows XP, said she was still trying to come up with a good system for organizing her Photos and Images. Randy talked about some of the methods he has developed for media organization and warned that it is important to know whether your FTM software embeds media files in your data-base or only saves a link to the file in your data-base.

Jane, on XP, said she had old CDs of FTM research databases which came with an older version of FTM. Could she somehow access these old files? Gary mentioned he had tried several approaches to unlock these files with no success. Randy said she may need to re-install the old version of FTM to gain access to the research data-base. There was also conversation about how to un-install old versions of FTM software.

Jackie, on Windows 7, was still trying to find her way around in Rootsweb and FamilySearch.  Randy briefly demonstrated working in the Rootsweb WorldConnect database and finding FamilySearch collections using keywords, like states or countries, to narrow the search.

Virginia, on XP, wanted to learn more about how to create, rename and move folders.

Joanna talked about how she was unable to get the results from her submission to Family Tree DNA. She enters the code provided to her from FTDNA and gets everything except the DNA Results. Her brother, who is very knowledgeable on computer usage, was not able to get the results either.

The next meeting of the CVGS Computer Group will be on Wednesday, 16 November at 12 noon in the Computer Lab at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

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