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Genealogy makes your computer run slower

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You think it doesn’t?  It can build up after a while! The files are sneaking up on me!

I currently have one client, and I’ve been working on 5 trees (1 for me, 2 for friends, and 2 for the Daughters of the American Revolution).  The DAR and Daughters of the Confederacy registrars have also been using me as a sort of go-to-gal for documents that they’re having trouble finding, or for transcriptions (10 years of reading physician handwriting have paid off).

In the last month, I have downloaded 846 photo files and scanned documents, 76 pdf’s, 22 Word documents (four of them were books of 100+ pages).  When you save a photo or media file to Family Tree Maker, you end up with at least 6 copies of it (the one I saved to my hard drive, the one on the current tree, and the 4 backups I made throughout the month).  I know better on the backups – ultimately, they get stored in an encrypted folder on the cloud drive, with only the most recent on my laptop – but I got really lazy on the original ones that I saved to add to FTM, and hadn’t cleaned out my temp folder this month.

All told, when I cleaned out my genealogy storage this afternoon, and emptied my Recycle Bin, it was 12.6 gig of data.  And I’m not even a full time genealogist.

My computer is not even a year old, so I don’t have any appreciable increase in speed from my monthly cleaning, but anyone with an older computer should take note and clean out your files every once in a while.  I think I will move my schedule up to every two weeks, while I’m in the busy season.


What on earth is this???

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Howdy, folks!

Trudy, Charlie and Bill Mullenweg

I had an epiphany in the car this morning: I decided that having a surname blog isn’t enough. I must have a place to vent about my general trials and tribulations as well as my victories in genealogy. A place where I can have side pages for my various surname projects as they come up, and where I can provide protected access (probably via a mixture of jpgs and Google documents) to those that I am doing projects for. This may take some crazy shapes in the next few months, or it may go nowhere, but its worth a try, right?

I am also inadvertently providing my uncle with a one-stop cure for his insomnia, but that’s another story 🙂

Holler if you have any ideas, suggestions or complaints, and lets see how this grows together!

(Photo provided by Cissie, many many moons ago, from her personal collection.  Please contact me before using any photos, thank you.)