Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Onoway, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 until the present I have provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I am an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Saturday, July 11, 2009

You know I work in support at FamilySearch.org. I use the free Personal Ancestral File software from our site to manage my genealogical data. I love the fact that it is a humongous electronic filing cabinet! Until two weeks ago I was frustrated by the fact that there was no way to link long documents to records in PAF, then I found the answer. An email from Gaylon Findlay of Incline Software revealed the secret. Treat all unsupported media types as Video Clips. Do you want to attach a 93-page book in PDF format? It is easy:
Select the individual > click the Camera icon > Add > Video Clip > Browse > Files of Type > All Files > (select file) > Open > OK > Save.
Now to view the PDF (or other unsupported media file), select the individual > click the Camera icon > select the file > click Play. The file will open in the installed program that supports that type of file. In the case of PDF, the file will open in Adobe Reader, Foxit, or whatever your default PDF reader is. How is that for neat?!!! There is no need to try to save a multi-page document as a series of individual pages, just link to the whole document.
Yesterday, I found a wonderful site that lists the residents of Lopez Island along with their Fathers, Mothers, Birthdates, and Spouses. http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lopezislandhistory/lopezislandnames.html
Several of the children of Andrew Buchanan and Mary Jane Booth moved to this area 100-120 years ago, and some of their descendants still live in the general area. I found it interesting to see all of the info about them and their in-laws. If you have any genealogy in San Juan County, Washington you might want to check out this site.

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