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Why I'm opting out of the government's digital health record and you should too

My decision to opt-out comes after consulting several healthcare professionals, privacy and computer security experts, the government, and patients …

Inside the Guide: Merging Duplicates on FamilySearch | | The Family History Guide Blog

Merging duplicates on FamilySearch is an important process that should be done very carefully and thoroughly. Before merging, you take two separate …

Genealogy

Court Rules Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use

This ruling will affect many genealogists who are building or are maintaining web sites:A Virginia federal court has made a decision that …

U.S. Federal Courts

Tips for keeping strangers off your Wi-Fi network

Give digital trespassers the boot.<p>You don't want neighbors or passers-by stealing your Wi-Fi any more than you want them stealing your water, electricity, or carefully curated collection of Blu-ray movies. In fact it's more serious than that—if someone can hook on to the same network as you, it …

Wi-Fi

Are you aware of the changes in the records on the FamilySearch website?

On the FamilySearch.org website, if you sign in and then click on your name in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen, you can see the "Settings" …

Scan and Digitize Your Books for $1 Each

I have been scanning genealogy books for several reasons. Finding information in digitized books is much easier and faster than manually searching …

Genealogy

If You Care About Data, Change These 15 Default Privacy Settings Right Now

Say no to defaults.<p>On the Internet, the devil's in the defaults.<p>You're not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably …

You should reboot and update your router to protect from malware

The FBI and several other security organizations want some help busting the VPNFile malware.<p>I typically only reboot my router when my internet starts moving at a crawling pace. The simple act of turning it off, waiting ten seconds, then turning it back on is often enough effort to fix whatever flaw …

18 Writing Tips for 2018: How to Tell Personal and Family Stories with Confidence

Seventeen years after my Grandpa Bob passed away, my dad planned a family reunion at a park in Northern Utah. Prior to the reunion, he invited his …

Turn Your Photo Collection from Chaos to Order with These Simple Tips

Your family photo collection is a treasure box of your personal history and legacy. Those photos stored in basements, attics, and faded albums are a …

Preserve the Stories of Grandparents Forever with These Expert Tips

Grandma and grandpa. Nana and papa. Grammy and pappy. Whatever we call them, our grandparents mean the world to us. Even their nicknames conjure …

Bay Alarm Medical In-Home Medical Alert

<b>Pros</b><p>Easy to install. Quick response. Long-range help pendant. Free lockbox.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Additional spouse pendant costs extra. Small reset button.<p><b>Bottom …

Handsfree

Privacy settings: it’s time to check them and here’s how

Thanks to Facebook, online privacy has come under the spotlight once again. But if history repeats itself, the issue will blow over after a year or …

This new router exploit is the motivation you need to switch to a mesh solution

Most everyone has a Wi-Fi router in their home and their workplace. Wi-Fi is everywhere and it's how most personal devices connect to the internet: a …

FamilySearch/FHL Catalog: A Change You Need to Know About

Update: This problem has been fixed! See FamilySearch/FHL Catalog: Ask & You Shall Receive?<p>Searching the FamilySearch/FHL catalog earlier, I made an …

Use Google Photos to Create a “Best of” Photo Album on FamilySearch

I love Google Photos. I bet you do too.Did you know that you can import photos directly from Google Photos to FamilySearch to create a “best of” …

Google Photos

What’s the Best Online Backup Service?

Using an online backup service to back up your computer is not only convenient, it protects your data against big incidents like theft, fire, and …

Cloud Computing

The complete guide to spring cleaning your computer

Blow away those digital cobwebs<p>If you want to keep your house clean, you need to dust it regularly; if you want your car to run well, you should service it annually; and if you want your computer to stay speedy and responsive, it needs its own maintenance—a digital spring clean.<p>We're not just …

Software

3 Ways to Unravel the Mysteries of Women in Your Family Tree

An old photograph. A woman sits before a plain backdrop in a white linen dress. Extraordinary wisdom is reflected in her expressive eyes.<p>You remember …

Genealogy

How to opt out of Facebook data sharing

Facebook and other companies often buy data from data brokers in order to sell advertisers more targeted ad space on their platforms. Here's how to …

Founders, Fishermen, and Family History Cruise Features Genealogy and History

The following announcement was written by Gena Philibert-Ortega:<b>Sail from Boston to Nova Scotia in August 2019</b>28 February 2018 – Gena …

What Would You Take? Evacuating Your Genealogy in an Emergency

<b>Introduction</b><i>: In this article, Gena Philibert-Ortega writes about having to recently evacuate her home due to the raging California wildfires – and</i> …

Genealogy

Go Update Your Apple Devices to Fix the Telugu 'Text Bomb' Bug Now

What started out as a seemingly simple bug turned into a real hassle when people figured out it was possible to crash iMessage, Twitter or even the …

iOS

6 Ways to Participate in RootsTech 2018

RootsTech 2018 is just around the corner, and you will not want to miss it. Even if you cannot attend in person, there are still many ways to be part …

Genealogy

What’s New: Importing Google Photos to FamilySearch

Google Photos, an online photo sharing and storage service, is a good place to store your high-resolution images. Its facial-recognition feature …

Finding Your Ancestors on Facebook

You already know that Facebook is a great place to share news and photos and to connect with old friends. But did you know that Facebook can also be …

Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar "Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage” by Sunny Morton is now available …

New Records from Mexico on FamilySearch

EspañolLocating your Mexican ancestors has never been easier. In a partnership with Ancestry.com, FamilySearch has added 65 million new historic …

Genealogy

Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch

If a basic search on FamilySearch.org is the only approach you use to find your ancestors, you might be missing out on a lot of potential …