Thursday, September 30, 2010

Free Online Genealogy Files Backup

Backup your genealogy files online for free!

An online backup service was launched recently which currently supports the following Windows® genealogy software:
  • Family Tree Maker
  • Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
  • Legacy Family Tree
  • RootsMagic (version 4 or later)
  • Family Tree Builder
  • Family Tree Legends
  • GenoPro
GEDCOM files are also supported.

This online service, offered by BackupMyTree, is free – with plans for a paid version offering additional features to be available in the future (at a small annual fee).

To learn more about this service, including "Frequently Asked Questions," and to sign up for the service, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:

Persons thinking about signing up for this service are advised to read carefully the Terms of Service.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Family History Center, Myrtle Beach, SC

Persons who might be planning a visit to the Family History Center (FHC) located at 48th Ave N & Hwy US 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina should be aware that the center will be closed on Saturday, October 2nd due to a church conference.

Normal Hours for the FHC are:
  • Wednesday, 6pm-9pm. and
  • Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Using Older Versions of Family Tree Maker with Windows 7

Computer guru Kim Komando, in her “Tip of the Day” for 9/20/2010, offers guidance on using older versions of's Family Tree Maker (FTM) with Windows 7. The tip, responding to a radio listener wanting to use FTM version 16, points out that version 16 should run in Windows 7 but not all functions will work. It discusses a compatibility patch for FTM versions 2005, 2006 and 16 which was developed for the Vista operating system but also works with Windows 7. The tip also discusses operating system bit versions (32-bit and 64-bit).

To read Kim’s “Tip of the Day for 9/20/2010,” copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Free Access to U.S. Immigration Records

In celebration of its recent launching of “a collection of more than 1,700 recorded oral histories from immigrants who arrived in the United States through Ellis Island,” is making available free access to its entire “U.S. Immigration Collection.” This window of opportunity for non-Ancestry subscribers runs through this Monday (September 6, 2010)!

To learn more, read Ancestry’s September 1st press release by copying and pasting the following URL into your web browser:

To access Ancestry’s “U.S. Immigration Collection,” copy and paste the following URL into your web browser: