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What started out as a simple  utilization of the "encapsulation and aggregation of data" concept promised by the .mht file extension turned out to be a pioneering effort in making it work. Thus the process below is more cumbersome than seems to be required but it does work. However, it seems now, after further work, that the reason for the difficulties are because of certain security restraints in Windows XP, SP2 which open the newly created web page in an "unknown zone" web page but open the emailed version in an "Internet" web page. The former inhibits all links; the latter permits full acces to all of the data. Thus, what we did was properly done but SP2 prohibited us from viewing it. Note that the security setting for the page that you are viewing appears in the lower right hand corner of your screen.

Creating a Single Archive File

At our last meeting we discussed creating a file that allowed us to pop-up names of individuals as we pointed to them and link to a data file (such as a genealogy) if we clicked on them but  saving the file as an .htm (data archive file) file did not include the linked data  as we felt it should. But the file can be manually edited to include that data, thus combining everything in one complete file that can be emailed or archived.
First, prepare your file and the linked pages as shown at our previous  meeting . Save the completed page in Internet Explorer as an archive (mht) file. (Note that other browsers do not have this capability). Open the file that you just saved in either Notepad or Wordpad. Find the first paragraph that has the boundary in it and swipe across that entire paragraph and press CTRL-C to copy it. Navigate down the page to the bottom (this may take a while because the code for your image is in place). Before the final boundary marker (the final marker ends with --) press ENTER a couple of time and then press CTRL-V to paste in what you copied above. Add a couple of ENTERs and repeat this for each person in the photo that has a data file.
Open another Wordpad or Notepad and open the file for the first person. Select MENU/SELECT ALL. Press CTRL-C and then go back to the .mht file and insert the data you just copied after the first boundary that you just added. Repeat for each person in your photo.
Go back to the top of the page and find the first "Content-Location"  reference. Replace the entire reference with "thismessage" (include the quotation marks). For each subsequent "Content-Location" entry, delete everything up to and including the / before the person's name. leaving the beginning quotation marks. For each line that begins"href" delete from the beginning quotation mark up to and including the"/" before the name. For each "Content-Location" reference after the image, enter just the file name as in Harriette.html. Save the file making sure that is saved with the .mht extension.
Now you have a bona-fide "Encapsulated Aggregated Document", an .mht file containing the entire data set in one file. The only drawback here is that it doesn't work. So open "Outlook Express" and send yourself an email and attach the file that you just created. (If you don't want to send it, just click on "Send Later" and open or save it from the Outbox folder). Now it works!! You can click on the file and do SAVE AS and save the file for archiving or sending to relatives. Do not, however, open the file in Internet Explorer and save it that way. You go back to square one. Open it in IE or any other browser but  just close the browser without re-saving the file. Also, do not open the file in either Notepad or Wordpad and then re-save it. You may open it to look at it but close it without saving. Don't ask me why; it just doesn't work!!
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File before mailing. File after mailing.

New Items

There are some new items that are worthy of discussion. If you want a more secure browser, email with a built in Spam filter and and/or a web page designer try going to They offer three free programs that are worth a try. use them and if you like them make them your default programs. You can still keep Outlook Express and IE in case you need them in the future. The three programs are; the Thunderbird email program,  Mozilla Firefox browser and Nvu web page author (that's how I did this page).. Nvu is not "Envy You" but "New View".. At least so sayeth Mozilla. Note that Mozilla is an organization dedicated to producing (open source) software through volunteer group effort and all of the above is free. You can learn more by going to their site.
If you are in the market for a DVD burner, be aware that several new burners more than double the amount of data that can be stored. If you need the additional space, check them out. But that also means that the traditional standard versions may be at reduced prices.
Google is a good way to search for anything but there certain techniques that help a genealogy search. Joan suggested this site which she got from the Kinseekers newsletter. It uses Google but helps in formatting search requests to get the most out of them. Since it uses Google you could just copy the first page and enter the data into Google yourself using the search techniques shown in each search box.. However, the privacy policy at "searchforancestors" is rather benign you may want to use that in your ancestor searches.
Privacy Policies should be read every time you encounter a new site. When you get email that has dancing bears and other complicated graphic messages, they weren't all done for free. The motive is to put SPYWARE on your computer. If  someone sends you dancing gorillas, go to the home page and read their privacy policy. Some may be hard to find but scroll to the end of the message and see if anyone took credit for it. If so, go to their page and scroll to the bottom to see if they have a privacy policy. Most start with "Your privacy is important to us---" and they they tell you how they're going to add 1 pixel x 1 pixel iinvisible images to your display so that they can see what you're doing.  Use the free Spybot or Ad Aware or buy a commercial spyware remover.
 But this is getting serious.
This site is a link to all of the state archives. Some have more data online than others but it's a good place to start if you're researching someone from a given


Networking involves nothing more than connecting two or more computers together so that they can share some or all of their data. Most computers today have networking built-in. older ones may need to add a network card. Cards and other devices meet one or more network standards: 802b or 802g among others. 802b is slower than 802g but adequate for most needs. 802 g can talk to both 802b and 802g devices. Network devices transmit data on pin 2 of the connector and receive data on pin 3.  Thus if you connect two devices together it's like mouth-to-mouth and ear-to-ear; you need a CROSSOVER cable to swap pins 2 and 3. If you insert a HUB in the network, the crossover function is fulfilled by the hub and you use a straight through cable. You can use a crossover cable to connect two computers together and a hub to connect more than two or to connect two together with a ROUTER and cable or DSL modem for a high speed connection. Four port routers have the hub built in. Start by going to the CONTROL PANEL and select NETWORK SETUP WIZARD.  Then click on the CHECKL:IST FOR CREATING A NETWORK. Carefully review each step and click on the definitions and descriptions for each step in the right hand column. The term ETHERNET refers to the standard network connection on your Desktop or laptop computer. After you're familiar with the terms and have identified your hardware, proceed with the wizard.  If your desktop has a modem and you want to connect two or more computers to the Internet through that, choose option 1. If you will connect to the Internet through an external modem, select option 2 and if you don't want to connect the network to the Internet, select 3. Choose NEXT and enter data asked for if it is not already present. Choose NEXT and accept MSHOME as the network name unless you have a reason not to.  Choose NEXT. Select File and Printer sharing if it is not already selected. This allows anyone on the network to view and edit files on your computer and that includes anyone on the Internet as well. You may want to select what files to share and leave the rest unshared.  Choose NEXT. If another computer that you want to set up doesn't have Windows XP. choose either to create a disk or use your Windows XP disk on the computer. Go through the same procedure on that computer making sure you use the same network name (MSHOME or whatever you chose).
The only files that you can share are those that you explicitly choose to share. For instance, go to My Computer and right click on C: and select SHARING and SECURITY and confirm that decision on the next screen to share all of your hard drive. A better way if you are going to be connected to the Internet is to right click on the folder SHARED DOCUMENTS and select to share that folder. Drag items or folders to that folder that you want others to see. Leave all of the rest un-shared. Go back to the CONTROL PANEL and select PRINTERS AND FAXES. and right click on the printer you wish to share. Select SHARING from the dialog box and follow the steps from there.
To connect to a cable or  DSL modem, connect the desktop to the router (or all computers to the router if you use it in lieu of a hub). Connect the router  to the modem.
If you have a software firewall, either Windows or one of the others, you may have to tell the firewall what you are doing. There should be a setup program with the firewall that asks what connections you want to allow.
For a wireless network, you need a WIRELESS ROUTER and wireless capability on the other computers. Some have it built in; others may need a wireless card. Connect the desktop computer to the router and set up the network as above.
For any network configuration, you can add a network storage device and hard drive for data storage and backups. One backup device for all of your computers. Once the network is set up, adding devices like that is simple.