Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Introduction to Family History

Heritage month

During May the local library has been celebrating Heritage Month with a range of events. On Thursday I attended an informative talk by Judy Webster on Ancestors who Moved or Vanished.

This week it is my turn to present a session entitled An Introduction to Family History. Last year I collaborated with the local heritage librarian on this session. Here are my updated, revised slides.

Essential Australian resources

Archives - States WA, SA, Vic, NSW, Qld, Tas, NT, ACT National - NAA
Australian Births, Marriages and Deaths WA SA , Vic NSW Qld Tas NT ACT
National Library of Australia - Family History guide, Trove
Each State library has a guide to researching your family history. Sign up to obtain a card for both your State library and the National Library of Australia to gain free access to their eresources.

Additional places to find lists of resources
CoraWeb Helping you trace your family history
Cyndi'sList Australia

Family History forms and charts Free from Family Tree magazine
Free forms and charts from Ancestry

There are a wealth of resources digitised online and so many more offline. Join your local family history society for some expert help and guidance.

This post first appeared on http://librarycurrants.blogspot.com/2017/05/introduction-to-family-history.html

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Android phone 2

This second 2 hour workshop for Android beginners at Noosaville Library covers the functions within these basic apps.

  • Clock
  • Google app
  • Chrome
  • email and 
  • note taking with Google Keep
How to add and manage apps and widgets is also covered. Time is allocated to helping individuals with the wide range of different Android phones and to answering queries generated since the previous session.

Useful everyday apps

  • Books and reading - BorrowBox, Kindle, Google Play Books, Overdrive, Scribd, Feedly
  • Documents - Adobe reader, Docs, Sheets, Slides
  • Listening - ABC radio, TuneIn Radio, Google Play Music
  • Notetaking - Evernote, Google Keep
  • Online storage - Dropbox, Google Drive, Photos (Google), Flickr
  • Phone calls and messaging - Viber, Skype, Whats app
  • Photography - Aviary, Photos (Google), PhotoFunia, Photoshop Express, Pixlr, Prisma, Snapseed
  • Scanners - Camscanner, Photoscan, Scanbot
  • Social - Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, Google+, Twitter
  • Tools - Maps, Calendar, Calculator, Smart measure, WiFi transfer, Airdroid, Photosync
  • Video - YouTube
  • Voice recording - Evernote, Google Keep, Easy voice recorder
To use magnification in any app, including using the camera as a magnifying glass go to - Settings, Accessibility, Magnification gestures to turn it on. Triple tap in any app to activate. 

Drop in to Tech help - 2 pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Noosaville Library for more friendly assistance.

 This post first appeared on https://librarycurrants.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Android phone 1

This is the first in a series of two workshops for Android phones to be held at Noosaville Library on 9th and 23rd March, 2017. the slides are based on Android 6.0.1. on a Nexus 5.

Useful guides for Android phones

Both of these sites provide a wide range of manuals and guides for many modern phones. Choose the manufacturer or brand first then select phone.

This post first appeared on https://librarycurrants.blogspot.com

Monday, 27 February 2017

iPad basics

This session was presented at Noosaville Library in February 2016. A keen group of seniors gathered to learn some basic iPad functions and operations.

Use right arrow or tap on slide to advance

Useful links

iPad basics - brief tutorials from GFC Learn free 

This post first appeared on https://librarycurrants.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Three simple code tweaks for bloggers

Here’s some easy code for your blog. I like to add references to the end of my family history posts rather than have them intrude in the story. Blogger and the free Wordpress sites have limited tools so a little code is useful for improving the view on the blog.

Three easy ones to use are:
  • blockquote
  • superscript or subscript numbering
  • horizontal line
Here’s how they look along with the code to make it happen.


This is an example where the text is indented and continues to remain so on the following lines. It is ideal for highlighting such things as text from newspaper notices. I sometimes use it for extensive obituaries in preference to italics. Use the HTML page of your blog and insert the code shown in the picture below. In some blog themes blockquotes may appear with a different background colour or font compared to the rest of your post.
blockquote (1)


Rather than interrupt the flow of text insert numbered references, footnotes below the finished post. Decide on either superscript or subscript and use the code shown below to surround the number. I suggest you add the numbers as you type and add the appropriate references below your post. When the post is finished go to the HTML page and find each number within the text. Add the chosen code either side of the number as show below. Superscript1 subscript2

Horizontal Line

This one is super simple, but again finish the post first. On the HTML page place the cursor where you want the line to appear. Using the same bracket < to open the code, type hr then > to close. Here I’ve used a horizontal line code directly after the heading Horizontal Line, then I’ve added another one at the end of this paragraph. These simple tweaks can enhance your blog and break up long sections of text. See the use made of this code on my family history blogpost The family rally around.

This post first appeared at http://librarycurrants.blogspot.com/2017/02/three-simple-code-tweaks-for-bloggers.html

Monday, 13 February 2017

Tips for Windows 10

Whether you have tablet or computer, Windows 10 has some great features to make life easier for computer learners. There are a wide range of tutorials and guides to Windows 10 published on the web but a hands on session with one's own laptop or tablet gives people a chance to have their questions answered. Here’s a basic guide I used today at my local library with a keen group of senior learners.

To view full screen for clarity, use the four pointed arrowhead, press ESC to return to this page.

Useful articles and videos