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READERS' FEEDBACK: 30 October 2006

-- External hard drives for backup
-- Converting VHS tapes to DVD
-- .pdf conversions
-- DNA & finding the parents
-- African American website
-- Paper copies

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EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES FOR BACKUP
From: Tom
Re:
DearMYRTLE,
I also like that idea of using external hard drives with USB connections. Since the price has come down I have purchased two external hard drives with 250 gigabytes of capacity and taking some good advice will dedicate one of them to be only used to back up my files and not used for any other reason. This  should lengthen the life of the hard drives as daily use can subject them to failure. For some programs I'm using flash drives with USB connections.

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CONVERTING VHS TAPES TO DVD
From: NHBigRed@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
In issue 19 you mentioned saving your Dad's VHS tapes to DVDs to preserve them. Good idea but don't throw away those tapes as you can  make another DVD copy if the first copy goes bad for some reason. The DVDs are  not as permanent as we might think. We have mentioned all the reasons that they  go bad and what we have to do before so will not go into that again. And for those who use anything but a VHS tape to DVD machine - when you get done copying the tapes be sure and *FINALIZE* the DVD as it will be useless on another DVD player if that is not done. We learn the hard way sometimes. Seems like it is  harder to do than taping was.

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.PDF CONVERSIONS
From: Sharon Gorohoff
DearMYRTLE,
Just a note regarding the question you answered from Bernard Frink regarding converting PDF files. I purchased a program by ScanSoft called "PDF Converter" over a year ago (version 3.. They now have version 4 which will take a saved PDF file and convert it to Microsoft Office documents, (which are then editable!) This program can view, edit & create custom PDF documents, if needed, and is compatible with (but does not require) Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Acrobat Reader. The new version (4) is sold at CompUSA
(among other stores which carry software) for about $50.00.  Check it out to see if it might be useful, I don't use all of the features, but I have used it to print and edit my "book" created with FamilyTreeMaker, and find that it worked well for me.

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DNA & FINDING THE PARENTS
From: Max Blankfeld [mailto:max@familytreedna.com]
DearMYRTLE,
I read today about "DNA and finding the parents" in your web site.

Family Tree DNA is the largest company in the world for genetic genealogy purposes. Because of that, we also have by far the largest databases that allow people that have tested to find matches. We have over 115,000 records in our databases, which is 3 times as much as the other labs combined. For example,  in your column the person is saying "I have hit a brick wall searching for my husband's grandfather, William James TAYLOR". Our database has 241 Taylor that have tested with us and we also have a surname project for the Taylor family, which tries to do exactly what this person is looking for, going beyond the brick wall.

I would love if you could post this information in your page. By the way, we are the DNA testing company that Ancestry.com is affiliated with, and we also do the tests for the public participation of the National Geographic's Genographic Project.
Here's our latest press-release:

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-12
-2006/0004450409&EDATE=


Max Blankfeld
http://www.FamilyTreeDNA.com
"History Unearthed Daily"
max@familytreedna.com
713-868-1438

NOTE FROM MYRT: I've continued to write back and forth with Max. Ol' Myrt is recording an interview with FamilyTreeDNA founder Bennett Greenspan later this week for release in next week's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR podcast. Should be interesting.
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AFRICAN AMERICAN WEBSITE
From: Margmcdo@aol.com
Re: LDS Church launches African American Resource Site
DearMYRTLE,
Your email on African American Resources came at the right time.  However, the first <web> address you listed tells me that the page is not there.  The one at the bottom of the page is fine and I have copied it. However, the family I am working on starts much before the Civil War, 1816/1817. Do you have any suggestions?

NOTE FROM MYRT: Some of the most well-regarded experts in African American Research spoke at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society's recent conference. As the FamilySearch.org web page explains, the audio/video copies of their presentations will be available at their new African American Resources page:
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/default.asp?page=home/welcome/site_resources.asp

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PAPER COPIES
From: CJK1043@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
There is nothing like old-fashioned paper records keep in notebooks. Put them in [archivally safe] plastic sleeves. Of course, the side effect is we get buried in paper. <smile>

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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
 


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