Bob’s Bytes – An Enduring Resource

For over 15 years, Bob Dawes has shared his computer expertise in many ways. “Bob’s Bytes” was a regular feature in the Quinte Branch newsletter, “The Quinte Searchlight“. Bob created and mentored a “special interest group (SIG)”, a “TECH SIG“, that focused on using computers for genealogical research. A pre-eminent speaker on the “genealogy circuit”, Bob presented often and for a variety of audiences on various topics of interest to family historians.

Informational Handouts are posted here from Bob’s Tech SIG meetings.

Tech SIG Index
(Click dates to access handouts
Sorted Topic List with Links Below)

June 2019 Handout
Bookmarks in the Chrome Browser | Saving Online Trees | GEDCOM | Scanning for Genealogists | FamilySearch Bulk Downloads

May 2019 Handout
Tablets Assisting in Research | Thunderbird Message Display Options | Windows Updates for Legacy Systems at FileHippo.com | GedStar Pro for Android users and Families app for Apple users plus Families Sync provide family history data in the field | TinyScanner/Android and Scanner ++/Apple to scan documents with phone or tablet | FamilyTreeMaker charting options

April 2019 Handout
File Associations in Windows | LibreOffice 6.2 | Fonts and Font Libraries | GEDMatch Legacy VS Genesis | Third Party DNA Sites | Genealogy Programs | ZoomPast Genealogy Website

March 2019 Handout
Windows Updates Failing | File Manager Tricks | File Format Conversion | Note Takers | DNA Test Upgrades | How to Clean Out a Computer | DNA Painter | Adding Match Links to Family Tree DNA

February 2019 Meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather

January 2019 Handout
Thunderbird | MOZ Backup | Google Photos | Google Drive | Google Backup & Sync | iDrive | Dr Fone | Find Your Mouse | GEDmatch on Facebook | DNA Relationships

December 2018 Handout
Snipping Tool | One Drive Syncing Issues | Editing Images with Irfanview | Adding Metadata to Images | Cloud Backup | Lost Cousins | Family Tree Analyzer | GEDSTAR PRO | Legacy – Adding Picture & Images | Image Locations on Your Computer | Legacy – Adding Sources & Citations

November 2018 Handout
Family Tree Maker 2017 & Ancestry Syncing | Legacy Issues | SIG Topic Index |

October 2018 Handout
Publishing | Genealogy Programs | Merging Family Files | FT Analyzer | C-Cleaner | DNA GEDmatch 1 to 1 Analysis

September 2018 Handout
Adding email accounts | British Home Children | Genealogy Programs | Charts & Reports | FTM2017 Linking to Ancestry | FTM2017 Support Options |
FTM2017 Media Storage | French Canadian Records | Windows Disk Clean Up

June 2018 Handout
Laptop Battery Replacement | Searching Newspapers | Researching records from England | Mailbox Migration (migrating Email) | Checking / verifying your internet speeds | Family Tree Maker 2017 (FTM2017) | Facebook User Groups |

May 2018 Handout
High Speed Internet | Email Distribution Lists | GOOGLE Apps | Hard Drive Enclosures | Default Programs | Family Tree Maker Codes |
Merging Family Tree Maker Files | Family Tree Analyzer | Snipping Tool

April 2018 Handout
OS Versions | Hardware Issues/Failures | Backup Plans and Practices | DNA | GEDCOM Usage | Family Tree Maker 2017 (FTM2017) | How to Find and Remove “Zombies” from Your Tree 

March 2018
Meeting cancelled due to venue scheduling conflict

February 2018
Meeting cancelled due to weather

January 2018 Handout
Genealogy Software | Y-DNA Test | DNA DO-OVER | SLC Family History Library | Scanners | Firewalls | Decrapifier | Empty Folder Command | GOOGLE Earth Overlays | Irish Research | Ontario Deaths

December 2017 Handout
FTM 2014 | GOOGLE Translate | Genealogy Programs | Shorthand Symbols | Canadian Privacy Periods | GOOGLE Ads Settings | Webinars

November 2017 Handout
Tech Hints | Copyright and Genealogy | Citing Your Sources | OGS 2018 Membership offer | AncestryDNA Reports | Family Tree Maker 2017

October 2017 Handout
Military Records | Canadian Sources after 1940 | LivingDNA | Local Historical Societies | Pier21, Grosse Isle | Name Variations | Proprietary records, Copyright issues | Getting Started in Family History | Genealogy Programs

September 2017 Handout
AncestryDNA Techniques | New Websites for BMDs | YOUTUBE for Learning

June 2017 Handout
Surge Suppressors | Downloading and Saving an Online Image (Step by Step)

May 2017 Handout
Organizing Email | Y-DNA | Phasing DNA | Frozen Taskbar | Startup and Shutdown Problems | Family Tree DNA Linked Relationships

April 2017 Handout
DNA GEDmatch | DNA Books | Anti-Virus | C-Cleaner | Cloud Storage | Diagnose Windows Connections | Finding DNA Projects | File Folders

March 2017 Handout
DNA Raw Data | DNA Analysis | Using OCR Technology | Publishing |

February 2017 Handout
Email Scams | Snipping Tool | Using Cloud Drives | Installing Older Programs on 64 Bit Computers | The 1939 Register for England & Wales | Genealogy Programs | DNA

January 2017 Handout
English Research | Best Utility Programs for a New Computer | GEDCOMs | Types of DNA

December 2016 Handout
Adding Icons | Running Old Programs on Windows 10 | Shut Down Options | Sorting Spreadsheets | Genealogy Programs | Inserting Pictures in Word | Online Searching

November 2016 Handout
File Management | Backing Up Your Files | File Cleanup

This is a linked alphabetical listing by topic of the subjects expanded on in the Tech SIG meetings. 

TOPIC —– SIG DATE
Adding Accounts to your Email Client —– 05-Sep-18
Adding Icons (Desktop) —– 07-Dec-16
Ancestry – Adding a Global Source —– 07-Nov-18
Ancestry – Controlling Private Information —– 07-Nov-18
Ancestry – Editor vs Public Views —– 07-Nov-18
Ancestry – Member Connect —– 07-Nov-18
Ancestry – Saving Online Trees —– 05-Jun-19
Anti-virus —– 05-Apr-17
Backing Up to the Cloud —– 05-Dec-18
Backing Up Your Files —– 02-Nov-16
Backup Plans —– 04-Apr-18
Best Utility Programs for a New PC —– 04-Jan-17
Bookmarks (Chrome) —– 05-Jun-19
Canadian Military Records —– 04-Oct-17
Canadian Privacy Closure Periods —– 06-Dec-17
C-Cleaner —– 05-Apr-17
CCleaner, BleachBit & AtomicCleaner 3 —– 03-Oct-18
Changing Default Programs —– 02-May-18
Citing Genealogy Sources —– 01-Nov-17
Cleaning Out Your Computer —– 06-Mar-19
Cloud Storage —– 05-Apr-17
Copyright and Genealogy —– 01-Nov-17
Copyright Issues —– 04-Oct-17
Cost of Genealogy Memberships —– 01-Nov-17
Decrapifier —– 03-Jan-18
Diagnose Windows Connection Issues —– 05-Apr-17
DNA – 3rd Party Upload Sites —– 03-Apr-19
DNA – Do-Over —– 03-Jan-18
DNA – GEDmatch —– 1 to 1 Analysis 03-Oct-18
DNA – Y Test – How Many Markers? —– 03-Jan-18
DNA (Ancestry.com) —– 06-Sep-17
DNA (AncestryDNA Reports) —– 01-Nov-17
DNA (Books) —– 05-Apr-17
DNA (Family Tree – Adding Match Links) —– 06-Mar-19
DNA (Family Tree Linked Relationships) —– 03-May-17
DNA (Finding Projects) —– 05-Apr-17
DNA (GEDmatch & DNA.land) —– 01-Feb-17
DNA (GEDmatch) —– 05-Apr-17
DNA (GEDmatch Legacy vs Genesis) —– 03-Apr-19
DNA (General) —– 04-Jan-17
DNA (General) —– 04-Apr-18
DNA (Living DNA Review) —– 04-Oct-17
DNA (Match Analysis) —– 01-Mar-17
DNA (Painter) —– 06-Mar-19
DNA (Phasing of Missing Parents) —– 03-May-17
DNA (Raw Data) —– 01-Mar-17
DNA (Relationships) —– 02-Jan-19
DNA (Test Upgrades) —– 06-Mar-19
Downloading and Saving an Online Image —– 07-Jun-17
Dr Fone smartphone utilities —– 02-Jan-19
Email – Empty Folder Command —– 03-Jan-18
eMail Distribution Lists —– 02-May-18
Email Scams —– 01-Feb-17
English Research —– 04-Jan-17
Facebook – DNA Matchfinder —– 02-Jan-19
Family History Library – Salt Lake City —– 03-Jan-18
Family Tree Analyzer —– 02-May-18
Family Tree Analyzer —– 05-Dec-18
Family Tree Maker 2009 Charting Options —– 01-May-19
Family Tree Maker 2014 & 2014.1 —– 06-Dec-17
Family Tree Maker 2017 —– 04-Oct-17
Family Tree Maker 2017 —– 04-Apr-18
Family Tree Maker 2017 – Media Storage —– 05-Sep-18
Family Tree Maker 2017 (Support) —– 06-Jun-18
Family Tree Maker 2017 (Support) —– 05-Sep-18
Family Tree Maker 2017 (Syncing) —– 01-Nov-17
FamilySearch (Bulk Record Downloads) —– 05-Jun-19
File Associations —– 03-Apr-19
File Cleanup (Hard Drive) —– 02-Nov-16
File Folders —– 05-Apr-17
File Format Conversion —– 06-Mar-19
File Management —– 02-Nov-16
File Manager Tricks —– 06-Mar-19
Firewalls —– 03-Jan-18
Fixing Family Tree Maker Files —– 02-May-18
Fonts & Font Libraries —– 03-Apr-19
French Canadian Records —– 05-Sep-18
Frozen Windows Taskbar —– 03-May-17
FT Analyzer —– 03-Oct-18
FTM2017 – Marking as Private —– 07-Nov-18
FTM2017 – Personal Notes —– 07-Nov-18
FTM2017 – Updating Ancestry.com —– 05-Sep-18
FTM2017 & Ancestry Syncing —– 07-Nov-18
GEDCOM Usage —– 04-Apr-18
GEDCOM’s —– 04-Jan-17
GEDStar Pro —– 05-Dec-18
GEDStar Pro —– 01-May-19
Genealogy Charts & Reports —– 05-Sep-18
Genealogy Programs —– 07-Dec-16
Genealogy Programs —– 01-Feb-17
Genealogy Programs —– 04-Oct-17
Genealogy Programs —– 06-Dec-17
Genealogy Programs —– 05-Sep-18
Genealogy Programs —– 03-Oct-18
Genealogy Software —– 03-Jan-18
Getting Started in Family History —– 04-Oct-17
Google Ads —– 06-Dec-17
Google Apps —– 02-May-18
Google Backup & Sync —– 02-Jan-19
Google Drive —– 02-Jan-19
Google Earth —– 03-Jan-18
Google Photos —– 02-Jan-19
Google Translate —– 06-Dec-17
Grosse Isle Visit —– 04-Oct-17
Hard Drive Clean Up —– 05-Sep-18
Hard Drive Enclosures —– 02-May-18
High-Speed Internet —– 02-May-18
Home Children —– 05-Sep-18
i-Drive Cloud Backup —– 02-Jan-19
Image Locations on your Computer —– 05-Dec-18
Inserting Pictures in Word —– 07-Dec-16
Installing Older Programs on 64 Bit PC’s —– 01-Feb-17
Irfanview —– 07-Jun-17
Irfanview – Adding Metadata to Pictures —– 05-Dec-18
Irfanview – Editing Images —– 05-Dec-18
Irish Research —– 03-Jan-18
Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair —– 01-Nov-17
Laptop Battery Replacement —– 06-Jun-18
Legacy – Adding Pictures & Images —– 05-Dec-18
Legacy – Adding Sources & Citations —– 05-Dec-18
Legacy – Changing the Home Person —– 07-Nov-18
Legacy – Underling Missing Information —– 07-Nov-18
LibreOffice —– 03-Apr-19
Lost Cousins Website —– 05-Dec-18
Mailbox Migration —– 06-Jun-18
Merging Family Files —– 03-Oct-18
Merging Family Tree Maker Files —– 02-May-18
Mouse – Find Your Mouse —– 02-Jan-19
MOZ Thunderbird & Firefox backup —– 02-Jan-19
New Websites (New Brunswick & Dundee) —– 06-Sep-17
Note Takers —– 06-Mar-19
One Drive Syncing Issues / Errors —– 05-Dec-18
Online Searching (Nove Scotia) —– 07-Dec-16
Ontario Death Registrations —– 03-Jan-18
Organizing Email —– 03-May-17
Pier 21 Visit —– 04-Oct-17
Publishing —– 01-Mar-17
Publishing & Indexing —– 03-Oct-18
Removing Zombies from Family Tree Maker —– 04-Apr-18
Researching England —– 06-Jun-18
Running Old Programs on Windows —– 10 07-Dec-16
Scanners —– 03-Jan-18
Scanning General —– 05-Jun-19
Searching Newspapers —– 06-Jun-18
Shorthand Symbols —– 06-Dec-17
Shut Down Options for PC’s —– 07-Dec-16
Shutdown & Startup —– 03-May-17
Snipping Tool —– 01-Feb-17
Snipping Tool —– 02-May-18
Snipping Tool —– 05-Dec-18
Sorting Data in Spreadsheets —– 07-Dec-16
Summer Homework —– 07-Jun-17
Surge Suppressors —– 07-Jun-17
Tablets – General —– 01-May-19
Tablets – Using GedStar Pro & Families —– 01-May-19
Tech Hints (Slow System – HDMI Stopped) —– 01-Nov-17
The 1939 Register for England & Wales —– 01-Feb-17
Thunderbird – Email —– 02-Jan-19
Thunderbird – Message Display Options —– 01-May-19
Tiny Scanner —– 01-May-19
Using Cloud Drives —– 01-Feb-17
Using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) —– 01-Mar-17
Verifying Internet Speeds —– 06-Jun-18
Webinars —– 06-Dec-17
Webpage Translator —– 04-Oct-17
Windows —– 10 04-Apr-18
Windows Updates —– 01-May-19
Windows Updates Failing —– 06-Mar-19
YouTube —– 06-Sep-17
ZoomPast —– 03-Apr-19

Click to access a listing of the articles in the “Quinte Searchlight” newsletter over the years.

Bob’s Video Presentations

Portable Genealogy – You Can Take It With You
Software for Genealogists

 

 
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