Computer Aspects

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Sweden Genealogy Genline Workbook

Computer Aspects

Computers connected to the internet make genealogy much easier and quicker to accomplish 
than when microfilm and books were the only way to access detail.

In my experience, ordering microfilm from anywhere through a library took forever. 
Often the reference librarian needed to help to figure out the procedure. And frequently 
there was no microfilm reader with printing capability available when the microfilm did arrive.

But now. Wow! The convenience of immediate unlimited access from anywhere in the 
world is amazing. Not only is the internet a convenient way to access information, but the 
internet has encouraged more organizations to put details online than were ever available 
before the internet.

To effectively use a computer in genealogy work, there are several computer skills needed. 
But nothing more complicated than commonly known techniques by all computer users. 
The hardware needed is nothing beyond ordinary. There are a few software programs which 
are essential. But they are mostly free or low cost. What this all means is that anyone with time 
to learn can quickly be accessing details useful to a genealogist.

Even if you do not own a computer, you can get online. Check with your local library. 
They will certainly have internet access available to you. If you happen to use the library 
computer access, prepare to be amazed at the speed of connection and access you will 
find there. I often go to the library to access documents when I have many large files to use. 
The library is certainly much faster than my dial-up connection at home.

When you need a large number of pages printed, the laser printer you will find at most 
libraries produce copies quickly for about 10 cents each. When you have a fifty page 
document to print, the library is the best place to get your printed copy.

There are many essential tasks which are explained in the workbook that are computer 
based. If you feel you do not want to get involved with computers for what ever reason, 
then either get over that thought or return this workbook for a full refund. 
This is because the work of genealogy, simply stated, can not be done without 
a computer. Oh, you could use the post office to order microfilm after microfilm, 
microfiche after microfiche. But your life length would not be adequate to do what 
you can do on the computer in just one year. Think of how much more you will accomplish 
with the aid of the computer connected to the internet. The difference is huge. Period. 
Oh, you don't have to own a computer. As long as you have access to a computer connected 
to the internet, that's enough.

The connection speed of your computer is somewhat critical. But not enough to stop 
productive results. I have a 56K connection through dial-up that works just fine for me. 
When I have something which could benefit from a faster connection, I wait to do that 
work for a time when I can go to the local library where they have fast access. 
Obviously cable or DSL is better than dial-up. But you may not have that connection 
speed available based on where you live, or for any number of other reasons. Don't fret.

If you find your computer skills lacking, then take a class. Or ask a family member or 
a friend. Let your capabilities expand as you pursue this genealogy research. You'll 
find more and more to do as you get deeper into these activities. 'Search' is one area 
which is just waiting for discovery. The indexing of information has expanded to the 
point where anything can be found pretty much instantly. As you follow through the next 
few pages about computer aspects associated with this workbook, don't skip anything. 
I have structured each task to build on the last task. Eventually all these computer 
details will be needed for one reason or another. Try not to jump ahead. Stick to the 
task at hand.

Computer Programs
There are several computer programs which will be important tools in your effort to 
collect, process, and publish genealogical information. Here is a checklist of programs 
for you to consider obtaining.

To find details about this software, go to Google. Enter the name of the program. Then 
add the words 'program description'. You may want to go through a tutorial on these 
programs as well. Simply go to Google. Enter the name of the program. Then add the 
word 'tutorial'. There is a large amount of helpful detail on the internet to assist you 
in improving your computer knowledge. And it is free. Go get it.

Arranged in descending order of importance:
Outlook Express (already on your computer, probably) Used for email.
Internet Explorer (already on your computer, probably) Used to access pages on the internet.
Personal Ancestry File (free download) Obtain from Page 34 this workbook.
Genline Family Finder (free download) Obtain from Page 33 this workbook.
Real Audio (google search to find a free download) Used to listen to audio files. Page 102 in workbook.
Companion To PAF (a $10 activation fee) Obtain from Page 34 this workbook.
Word, Notepad (already on your computer, probably) Used to type and save personal history documents.
WS_FTP LE (google to find free download) Used to transfer files to internet provider for publication.
FrontPage (an expensive publishing program) Investigate fully before spending the $100 or more.
Swedish Language Translation Tool (no advise on this. I do not use this) Seek advise from others.
Real Producer (google for a free download) Used to record oral history digitally. Page 102 in workbook.

Find the Google search engine at:

The Swedish alphabet has three extra letters as compared to English.
This is just so there would be a use for the number lock key
on a computer keyboard. Me, I use the ALT key which seems to work just fine.

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