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Finding Alternate Surname Spellings for Index Searching

Finding Alternate Surname Spellings for Index Searching

There’s a death date and place mystery associated with the surname “Macaluso” that I would dearly like to solve. And, there’s a microfilmed index that might help me solve it. But, it has to be skimmed the old-fashioned way and the name I’m looking for doesn’t appear under the obvious spelling. Before I leave the index behind, I want to make sure I’ve been thorough, so this morning, I tried to see if I could come up with a conprehensive…

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Create Booklet: How Did I Live Without It?

Create Booklet: How Did I Live Without It?

I’ve been using a computer for little publishing projects for as long as I’ve had a computer and back in the good old days (that would be, say, the 1990s) trying to create a multi-page booklet was quite the puzzle. I remember cutting little sheets of paper and folding them into a page-numbered mock-up so that I could see which pages need to print side by side and back to back. And then I’d move the text around in the…

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Save Time and Energy with System > Keyboard > Text > Replace/With

Save Time and Energy with System > Keyboard > Text > Replace/With

I don’t remember who it was that clued me in on the System > Keyboard > Text method of typing long phrases with a few keystrokes, but whoever it was — thank you! I’ve set up a few combinations and it’s saved me lots and lots of typing. I’m not lazy, by the way; I just like to be efficient. So, here’s what I mean. As a genealogist, I have need to type “Family History Center” over and over and…

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