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How to Write a Family History People Will Want to Read

It is important to write down your family history. Writing is one of the best ways to send the family history stories that you’ve heard thousands of …

Genealogy

A Ready-for-RootsTech Guide to DNA

Preparation is a key to success. When it comes to RootsTech, the largest genealogy conference in the world, it can make all the difference, …

Genealogy

Checking a Website’s Security

<b>Q.</b> <i>I was browsing online and noticed a small letter “i” in a circle. What does that mean? I use the Chrome browser.</i><p><b>A.</b> The web is full of sites that do not use the strongest security, and some browsers — including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox — now warn users when the page they are visiting may …

Information Security

Here’s how to find out exactly how much information Facebook knows about you

Slightly terrifying.<p>Levels of privacy on Facebook are always a bit of a tricky subject. It’s not like you’re going to be deleting your profile (you need to keep spying on everyone you hated at school, obviously), but the thought of social media keeping a close eye on you is always kinda creepy.<p>But …

Facebook

Family History Preservation: Preserving Audiovisual Material

While documents and photos can provide valuable insights into the lives of our ancestors, audio and video recordings give an even fuller look at …

Genealogy

The best ways to clean up your Facebook News Feed

More of what you want to see, less of what you don't<p>With more than a billion users to its name, Facebook is buzzing with activity—particularly if several hundred of those users happen to be friends with you. Between wedding photos of friends-of-friends-of-friends, angry articles from your political …

Internet Marketing

How to manage a loved one's social media afterlife

There are a lot of loose ends to tie up after someone dies. They include removing or memorializing social media accounts.<p>The fate of a Twitter account might seem trivial when a loved one dies.<p>Sure, social media handles probably won't be worth as much as bank accounts. And they're unlikely to have …

Marketing

Windows users might want to turn off their computers this weekend, warns security researcher who's only being 'somewhat glib'

An infamous hacker group known as the Shadow Brokers on Friday released a bunch of tools that that made it easier for hackers to break into all kinds of Microsoft Windows computers and other Microsoft software, security researchers are warning.<p>The hacking tools are allegedly part of the arsenal …

Microsoft

How to secure your Apple and iCloud accounts

Keep hackers at bay<p>With high-profile data hacks regularly hitting the headlines, you might be wondering what you can do to keep your own data safe. The answer, as it turns out, is quite a lot. We've previously covered how to protect your Facebook, Google, and other accounts. Now it's Apple's …

Cybersecurity

This tool helps you remove ransomware from your PC for free

How to remove ransomware for free – a quick guide<p>Ransomware and other types of malware are one of the scourges of the internet. Fortunately, there …

Malware

Finding “Hidden” Records on FamilySearch

If you are reading this, you are most likely familiar with searching for records on FamilySearch. What you may not be familiar with are three types …

How-To's

Family History Preservation: Preserving Electronic Information

For many of us, the biggest threat to the safety of our family history information may not be papers yellowing with age or photos fading in the …

Genealogy

The Beginner's Guide to PC Backup

The Beginner's Guide to PC Backup<p>You know you're supposed to back up your data. If you're not sure how, this guide will help.<p>We all know we're …

Cloud Computing

organize, read and share what matters to you.

Feedly connects you to the information and knowledge you care about. We help you get more out of you work, education, hobbies and interests. The …

How to Start Family Food Traditions from Scratch

In my younger years, I found myself drawn to the exotic food traditions of those around me, feeling like my own food heritage was, well, unexciting. …

Foodies

12 ways to hack-proof your smartphone

Protect your privacy, your data and your peace of mind with this guide to beating thieves, whether they’re online or on the street<p>As we’ve recently seen from leaked CIA documents, no one is immune to hacking attacks. Here’s how to protect yourself against them, whether they come from opportunist …

iOS

9 Timesaving Hacks for Ancestry, FamilySearch & Other Top Genealogy Websites

These quick tricks for some of the genealogy websites you use most often will help you get to the records you want faster. You'll find even more …

Genealogy

How to protect your Apple iCloud account

Worried about hackers destroying your iCloud music, pictures, and documents? Here are three things you should do right now.<p>Maybe the London-based …

Apple

How to protect all of your accounts online

Web security has never been more important<p>It seems like barely a week goes by without some data hack or leak hitting the headlines. With so much of modern life now stored and managed online, it's vital that you keep your most important accounts locked up and as well protected as possible—which is …

Security

Your Mac is not malware-proof: a look at the threats and defenses

For more than a decade, a debate has rumbled on: are Macs more secure and less prone to malware than Windows computers?<p>As more malware targeting Macs …

Cybersecurity

How Hackers Can Break Into Your Accounts Without Your Password

And how to make sure it doesn't happen to you.<p>In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, a host of prominent Twitter accounts were compromised. So yeah: Now's a good time to check your own accounts and make sure you close the backdoor that let this happen to other people.<p>These professional and verified …

Information Security

The 4 Family Stories You Must Save for Your Children

Laugh lines crinkled her eyes as your grandma told her favorite story from her youth. You’ve heard it before, but could never imagine interrupting. …

Love

How to Protect Your PC From Trolls, Hackers and Other Obnoxious Security Threats

It’s a scary fact of digital life that there are a lot of ways your PC can be exposed. Maybe you’ve been hacked by a state agent, or cracked by weird …

10 Steps to Writing an Engaging Family History

Penny Stratton, publishing director for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, believes we “pass the torch” to succeeding generations through …

Genealogy

How to Search the FamilySearch Site

FamilySearch is bursting at the seams with great records—some of which almost certainly have new information about your family. Their digitized …

SEO

How to Add Sources

Since Family Tree is a collaborative tree and we all share the same ancestors, it’s important to verify the information you enter and provide sources …

Genealogy

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.You remember …

Genealogy

What’s New on FamilySearch—February 2017

Each month, FamilySearch publishes a list of new changes and updates to the FamilySearch.org website. This list includes changes to Family Tree as …

Genealogy

Breaking Through the 1870 Brick Wall: The Significance of the Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Two decades after they married on a porch in late October 1843, Benjamin Manson and Sarah White walked proudly into the Tennessee Freedmen’s Bureau …

Genealogy