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Kense Report 29 Oct 2014 08:46



LadyScozz Report 6 Sep 2012 01:50

Another tip ~

Get a Hotmail address and get a cloud!

If your computer fries, the info will always be on the Hotmail.

You can put loads there, documents, photographs etc

You can share the password with friends & rellies if you want.


Pam Report 5 Sep 2012 20:57

I've tried copy and paste since the changes to the site and it doesn't work.
I copy from the appropriate board and paste into Word but I get a blank page with coloured wavey lines indicating errors in the original text.


JoyDean Report 5 Sep 2012 18:34



LD Report 24 Apr 2012 15:17

I would like to add another tip if I may.

I am sure many people go on trips tracing their roots, taking photos of places their ancestors lived and even pics of gravestones.
When you have finished taking your photos, remove the memory card from your camera and put it in your pocket. Then if you stop at a cafe for a drink and your camera gets stolen, or you leave it on the train at least you still have the pics.
Cameras can be replaced on the insurance, photos can't !


LadyScozz Report 24 Apr 2012 10:42

Backup! Backup! Backup! Can't say it enough!

I've got a Maxtor One Touch

My old computer went into meltdown. If I didn't have the Maxtor, years of work would have been lost.

A good idea is to keep some email on hotmail (or similar). If you lose your IP inbox you'll still have the hotmail.


SpanishEyes Report 24 Apr 2012 08:48

And another NUDGE. Such clear advice


JoyDean Report 23 Apr 2012 19:23



SpanishEyes Report 8 Mar 2012 08:53


Thank you for bringing this thread forward, it will be a great help to me and I suspect it will be a help to many others as well

Bridget :-)


Jonesey Report 30 Nov 2011 16:01

:-D :-D :-D


oldbean Report 15 Jul 2011 18:29

Thank you Jonesey and everyone else for this information thread. Just what I needed!!



SpanishEyes Report 15 Jul 2011 06:41

Jonesy, you are a godsend, I could not work out how to do this BUT have explained it so clearly, guess what I shall be doing later today. Thank you,

07.49 hrs Spain


Robert Report 9 Jul 2011 16:42

Another way of saving either temporarily or for later reference (not just for GR) is to use Evernotes - it allows you to save and tag under a subject (or more than 1) as you wish and also gets around the backup issue as it is saved and accessible from whichever computer you are using.

Check it out it is easy to use.

Hope this helps...


Jonesey Report 9 Jul 2011 08:24

Nudging for newer members


LakesLass Report 29 Oct 2009 13:21

Just to add - I have always copied and pasted into word answers to any questions i post on here. I then print these off so I have a hard copy to refer to which I have in a separate alphabetical folder. This has proved very useful on many occasions as i chop and change between my Mums family & my Dads family depending on my mood at the time and I can just flick through the file.


Jilliflower Report 26 Oct 2009 18:23

Thanks Jonesey
Please don't tell anyone else I'm a bit slow on the uptake......
It's all easy when you know how....
cheers everyone


Jonesey Report 26 Oct 2009 18:12

For Jillians benefit (And anyone else for that matter)

Memory sticks are great but they do sometimes fail so treat them as a backup device rather than the sole storage place. I am assuming that most people have Windows as their computers operating system so these instructions are based on that.

1) Plug your memory stick into a free USB socket. Your computer will automatically note its presence and will allocate it a drive letter (E:). (F:) ect. If you wish to find out which letter click "Start" and then "My Computer".

2) If you wish to save your file to your memory stick rather than to your computer hard drive instead of clicking "save" as you normally do, go to the top left of your notepad (Or wordpad or whatever) screen and click on "File". On the dropdown menu that opens click on "Save as".

3) On the screen that opens you will see "Save in" followed most likely by "My documents". Click on the arrowhead by the side of that and scroll down until you see the drive that you wish to save the file on. Click on "Removable disk (E:)" ect.

4) Give the file a name and click "Save"

Job done!


Jilliflower Report 26 Oct 2009 17:31

Ok folks, I'm getting the hang of all this and I LOVE the tips Jonesey - they are SO useful.
BUT... about copying the info onto a memory stick.... WHAT???
I've got a memory stick thingy, but HOW/WHAT/HELP?
thanks guys


BrianW Report 26 Oct 2009 10:37

To add: Having saved it on your computer, BACK UP the data outside of that computer, ideally once a week if you are adding new information regularly.
Cheapest and least hassle is a memory stick, you can save the whole of "My documents" (or just certain files) and update the backup regularly in minutes.


AllanC Report 26 Oct 2009 08:47

Hello Roy (Cockneykid)

Just to say thanks for your appreciative remarks - they're the sort of thing that makes posting here worth while. You've brightened my day already today and it's only quarter to nine!