Sunday, March 04, 2007

READERS' FEEDBACK: 4 March 2007

-- RE: Windows & Macintosh computers
-- RE: US Revolutionary War resource
-- RE: Large Scale Hourglass with step children (2)
-- RE: DNA & Taylors

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RE: WINDOWS SOFTWARE ON MAC COMPUTERS
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/02/windows-software-on-macintosh.html#links
From: dmolywa@aim.com
DearMYRTLE,
A couple of caveats regarding Windows on a Mac.
Your comments are mostly correct, however:
If it is a Motorola-chip based Mac (Power PC), Windows will not run native. You will need an application like Virtual PC to run the Windows OS.

If it is Intel-chip based, one of the new Macs, then you don't need Parallel. Instead, download Boot Camp from www.apple.com (OSX - Support - Downloads) and follow the directions to partition your hard drive and then load Windows in the partitioned hard drive. It will think it is on a PC and no other applications are necessary. If you do this, configure the drive as FAT, which allows easier transfer of documents between drives.

As for genealogy applications, I have been using Reunion for several years; but, have been disappointed in its lack of upgrades. The Mac OS is my main operating system. However, now with Windows running native on my hard drive, I may consider changing.

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RE: REVOLUTIONARY WAR RESOURCE
From: Joni Nuutinen
DearMYRTLE,
Revolutionary War 1775-1783 in the News
http://revolutionarywar.cloudworth.com
Hand-picked news and articles related to American War of Independence 1775-1783.

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RE: LARGE SCALE HOURGLASS WITH STEP CHILDREN
From: Roger Newman
DearMYRTLE
RE: Stepchildren, Descendancy charts & a funeral
Try this product:
http://www.genopro.com/
Shirley may be able to do what she wants done with this product. I use it for special projects but have not tried it for a large family tree. Good Luck.

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From: Sgdilsworth@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
Since I wrote the email, I did some googleing and did find SmartDraw (from a reference on a Dick Eastman column). They do have a free download so I tried it. It works okay, but it is a lot of work to get everyone in the right places, but being persistent (as I am with any new software) I got most everyone in the right place. I keep experimenting with it, trying different things and perhaps I can get it where I want it, like perhaps dotted lines to the step children. But it might be too difficult to manipulate for someone who is not familiar with any drawing program.


The down side of the software, even though it is a free download, is to buy it is almost $200, which I find a bit pricey for me. You cannot print the chart you create with the free download without a watermark on it which makes the printed copy useless. Perhaps the answer is for someone to develop some software just for genealogy charting that is not so expensive and a bit easier to use. SmartDraw is expensive as it does many things; org charts, gant charts, etc., all things which I would never use.

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RE: DNA & TAYLORS
From: darlene@relativegenetics.com
DearMYRTLE,
This is in regards to the Taylor's and the DNA test.
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2006/11/re-taylors-dna-testing.html
Also:
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2006/10/dna-and-finding-parents.html
Also:
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2006/10/readers-feedback-30-october-2006.html

Please share with her that there is also a family project at Relative Genetics, with 84 members. Ron Taylor is the project coordinator doit4ron@hotmail.com he has been contacting Taylor's around the world and has some pretty exciting genealogies.

It is important that once the researcher gets her Taylor haplotype (her Taylor Family DNA profile) [she will be able] to start searching the other database available, especially SMGF, (The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation). That's were the fun begins. If she finds a match she can see the genealogies that the DNA belongs to and with a little sleuthing she may even find out who the submitted it.
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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

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