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1 FUNDAMENTAL COMPUTER SKILLS FOR GENEALOGISTS

2 Scope of Program Internet Searches Computer Files and Folders Scanning Images and Documents

3 Internet Searches Internet Search Engines Google Genealogy Websites JewishGen

4 Google Google is an internet search engine that allows for the searching of websites and other electronic resources by entering search criteria which is used by Google to return websites and the other electronic resources that match the search criteria.

5 Google Search Results Screen

6 Operators AND The AND operator links words together so that any website in your search results will contain all of the words that are connected by the AND operator. The use of this operator is inherent in all searches performed on Google so you do not need to use this operator. + The + operator is used to include websites that contain additional critical words in your search results. The + operator can be helpful because Google automatically filters out common words and characters. These include how, where, or, and the among others. The operator is used to search for a phrase. You can enter multiple words enclosed in quotation marks and Google will search for websites that have that exact same combination of words in the same order. For example, Gustavus Adolphus Elbow will return any websites that contain the three words Gustavus Adolphus Elbow in this order in a website.

7 Operators - The – operator is used to exclude websites that contain certain words. For example, elbow –macaroni will return websites that contain the word elbow but exclude any of these pages that include the word macaroni. This will keep any pages with recipes that include elbow macaroni from appearing in the search results. OR The OR operator is used to retrieve search results that meet multiple search criteria without having to do multiple separate searches. For example, elbow – macaroni family tree OR census will return all websites that contain the word elbow, do not contain the word macaroni and contain the phrase family tree and websites that contain the word elbow, do not contain the word macaroni, and contain the word census.

8 Other Google Features Sites Linking to Current Site If you find a site that is helpful, you might find other helpful information in websites that link to this site. You can get a list of all of the websites that Google has in its database that link to a site. For example, if you enter link:www.ancestry.com you will get a list of all sites that link to the ancestry.com website. Search within A Website If you want to search for something within a website, use the keyword site: followed by the website you want to search within after your search criteria. For example, if you want to search for cemetery records within the Ancestry.com website you would enter cemetery site:www.ancestry.com.

9 Application to Genealogy Sites How can these techniques be applied to genealogy websites? Not all apply The most applicable are: AND OR Search within a Site Many sites such as JewishGen build in search techniques

10 Application to JewishGen

11 Files and Folders Think of a physical file cabinet

12 Applied to Computers Your computer hard drive is the file cabinet In this file cabinet you can put folders In any folder you can put more folders In any folder you can put files A file represents the following: Typed document Picture Recording Many others

13 Folders versus Files You can distinguish between folders and files by the icon that represents them Files also have a suffix that indicates the type of file and links to one or more programs that can use the file

14 AccessingFiles and Folders How do you get to folders and files? My Computer My Documents Windows Explorer

15 Creating Files and Folders Create a Folder Create a Document Right-Click New Through a program

16 Working with Folders and Files Copy Move Rename Delete

17 Scanning Images Any physical piece of paper can be scanned Document Newspaper Article Picture

18 What You Need Computer Scanner Piece of Paper

19 Types of Scanners Flat-Bed Good for larger images Good for high quality images One document at a time Sheet-Fed Upright Good for large volume Easier to use Image quality not as good

20 Considerations for Use Need to have a plan for image organization Can use scanner software Need to have a plan for file naming Can use scanner software

21 What To Do With Images Link to genealogy software Replace paper files pictures Post pictures and genealogy documents to a genealogy website


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