Safety & learning Genealogy on the Internet
ABC's of Genealogy & Using the Internet
Last Updated 1 Apr 2000
First off, you need to keep your computer and your
files SAFE! Viruses and so-called worms can be received when you
a file, open a file that is sent to you for your enjoyment, or when you
receive e-mail. You've made a big dollar investment in
your computer equipment and a time investment in your files. DON'T
THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW! Invest in a good "anti-virus"
program and then KEEP IT UPDATED WEEKLY, otherwise it's no good!
Here's my virus information page.
Software Reviews can been read here. Find out what
other people are saying about the various software programs on the market
to capture all your genealogy data.
E-MAIL & GENEALOGY PROBLEMS
If you plan to post Queries to various places on
the Internet, I would like to suggest that you find an e-mail forwarding
service. By using one of these FREE forwarding services, if you change
your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you only have to change your address
in ONE place. You don't have to notify anyone else of the change.
This is important when doing genealogy because a long lost relative may
"find" you, only to hit a brick wall again when they try to send
you a message and you have changed addresses! FREE EMAIL Forwarding
If you don't have a computer at home, go to your local library and use
theirs. For Maine residents, this is as easy as 1-2-3, because Maine
is the most wired State in the nation! EVERY public & private
library in Maine has a computer and internet access. You can get
yourself an Email address for FREE at one of the following companies.
These companies will HOLD your mail until you can get to the library and
FREE EMAIL HOLDING SERVICES, if you have no
computer at home: Hotmail
ABC'S OF GENEALOGY IN MAINE
Abby Balderman, Coordinator for the Canaan,
Maine GenWeb site, has writtten some wonderful instructions to help guide
you in doing genealogy research. Please read her ABCs
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