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Research Notes 2020-2-17

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Have you checked out the speakers and presentations for the North Florida Genealogy Conference yet? If not, now is a good time to take a look. Classes are filling up and if you wait much longer, your presentation options will be limited. Take a few minutes to check out the conference presentations and then download the registration brochure (on the conference home page) to make your choices and complete your registration.

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Did you know that trackers follow you around the internet every day? You can stop that by using Firefox as your web browser. Firefox blocks those trackers automatically. The Firefox browser is one of many privacy tools created by Mozilla. Mozilla is a technology company that puts people before profit. They built the Firefox browser for both desktop and mobile devices. It is an amazing tool with features that can make your research efforts easier and safer. Other useful Mozilla tools include:

  1. Monitor will tell you if you have been part of an online data breach and show you how to stay a step ahead of them.

  2. Send is a simple and private way to share files with end-to-end encryption and deletes the link automatically when the sharing period expires.

  3. Lockwise provides secure access to the passwords you have saved in Firefox from anywhere. Now you can take your passwords everywhere.

  4. Pocket makes it possible to easily save interesting articles, videos and more while browsing the web. Those items will be saved to your Pocket account so you can easily access them whenever you want.

You can learn more about Mozilla – and Firefox – at www.mozilla.org/en-US.

 


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You might be surprised to learn that Keynote (Mac, iOS) and PowerPoint (Windows) make it easy to create graphic books. These apps offer a broad range of features that can be used in all kinds of creative ways. One thing that makes presentation apps so useful to storytellers is that you can create your “little stories” as your research discovers them, then rearrange them in whatever order you want. And, when you are ready to share, all you do is export the entire “presentation” as a PDF document that can be easily shared with family and friends.

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It’s a quick and easy way to create your own family history scrapbook.

These presentation apps are designed to capture attention. Nothing says it can only be used for business purposes. They can also turn your photos, ephemera and text into eye-catching stories to share with your family. No need to buy a scrapbooking app when you have Keynote or PowerPoint.

Looking for more creative ideas for sharing your family history? Check out the Storytellers Studio blog on Tumblr (https://storytellers-studio.tumblr.com).  Take a look at the Found Ephemera guide in the Stortytellers group on MeWe (https://mewe.com/join/storytellersstudio) for how-to information to turn your digitized ephemera into storytelling jewels.

 

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