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Genealogy Tips & Tricks
A new page for genealogy tips and tricks submitted by our Boone
County researchers. Have you discovered a "genealogy find"
you'd like to pass along? Do you have a special way of researching,
documenting or keeping track of your research? Do you have some
good advice for using your genealogy research creatively at family
reunions, some old photo tips or cemetery research advice? Do
you have any suggestions or tips you can pass along regarding
research in Boone County specifically?
Whatever your "pearls of wisdom" may be ... we'd love
for you to share them with us! Please
send them to me and I will add your comments below.
USB Flash Drive
I often use two different computers, a desktop and a laptop,
each having my genealogy software program installed. An easy,
handy way to do this, and be assured that each genealogy program
on both computers always has the same *exact* information, is
to use a
USB Flash Drive, one of those tiny little "memory
sticks" that plug into the USB port on the computer. After
I've been on the road with the laptop entering information in
FamilyTreeMaker I then "save" (backup) the Family File
to the USB flash drive and use the current date when naming it.
When I'm back home, I next plug the flash drive into the desktop
PC and I "restore from backup" using the file on the
flash drive. Now, both programs on each PC are updated and have
the exact same data. If I now will be working on the desktop PC,
I do the reverse before using the laptop again, using a new date/new
name for the backup copy before doing a "restore" on
Submitted by: T. Stover - September 2006
Synchronize Your Files
"The tip about using a USB flash drive is excellent, but
if you have a good network connection between two PC's, it is much
faster to do it over the network. I use a free file synchronizing
program, (there are several good ones out there).
are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle
them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
US novelist (1902 - 1968)
I have a profile set in the program to synchronize the folders on
my laptop and desktop PC's where my genealogy program data files
are located. I run the profile and it shows me which data file is
newer, then I confirm the sync and it's done. The whole process
is two mouse clicks and takes a few seconds to complete.
I've done this not only with my genealogy files, but financial and
other important files for three years and have never had a corrupted
database synchronizing this way. However, in the event a sync (or
flash drive overwrite) DID corrupt both data files, always back
them up to an external hard drive, CD, DVD, or other media at least
weekly. It doesn't take long and could prevent the loss of many
years of work!"
Submitted by: Mike
Brenton - December 15, 2006
Note from County Coordinator: You can check www.download.com
or www.tucows.com for some
of those file synchronization programs mentioned above - Thanks
Mike for the great tip!