Ancestral Notes

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Hidden Treasures At Internet Archive


Internet Archive has been around for a while, but have you taken advantage of this resource for your research? There is the “Wayback Machine” which the site is well-known for but have you looked around to see what’s actually there. There are over 10,000 items in their Genealogy Collection, just select “Texts” and “Additional Collections” and you will find a page of several collections.

“The Archive’s ever-expanding collection of genealogy resources includes items from the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Robarts Library at the University of Toronto; the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library; and the Boston Public Library.

“Resources include books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, and other historical and biographical document”.

Internet Archive have several projects that individuals and organizations can get involved in as well. One of them is the Scanning Service with open and free online access, permanent storage, unlimited downloads and lifetime file management.

Besides media, did you ever have a program on your computer that you liked, but it isn’t available anymore? Check out the Software page, you might find it there.

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And The Winner Is….Win 7

The waiting is over, today is the day that Windows 7 hits store shelves, and I can’t wait to install my copy. I have been using the RC version for a few months now, I have it installed on my notebook and have been running Vista and Win 7, comparing the different features of each operating system and Win 7 wins, hands down.

My system runs a lot cooler and smoother on Win 7 compared to Vista. I have a problem with overheating with Vista, if I run the virus scan, download and install updates or have more than one program running, it will overheat and shut down. This happened several times a day and I was afraid that it would fry my hard drive. I installed Windows 7 Release Candidate and I have only had a problem with overheating a few times in months.

I like the Snipping Tool which I use all of the time, I have it in the Taskbar, handy when I need it. When you take a snip, it gets saved to your “Pictures” folder in your “Library”, which is the “folder” icon on the Taskbar for easy access.


The Sticky Notes are handy for jotting down info or copying and pasting any text into.


The taskbar itself is designed differently, instead of having lots of windows open, the programs in use are highlighted and when you hover over the taskbar icon you get a view of the open program. It is a lot cleaner looking and easier to navigate.

Windows 7 has an “Action Center” where you can resolve compatability issues, download and install needed updates updates and backup your files. You can see if there are any issues with your system, updates, backup reminders etc. by just clicking on the “flag” icon in the taskbar.

These are the features that I use most often, but there are a lot more, like the “Windows Search” and the TV>PC in the media center. I am anxious to see if there were any last-minute changes to the Windows 7 that weren’t in the RC version.

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