legweb17“Are you familiar with Dropbox – a program that provides 2 gigabytes of online storage for free? Learn how to sign up for Dropbox, install the program and get started ensuring the safety and security of your genealogy research data. Seems too good to be true, right? Two gigabytes of online storage for free? And storage that can synchronize files across your computer, your laptop and even your mobile device? It is true, and you can learn how to leverage the power of Dropbox – a free online program to back up your genealogy data and even share files with friends and family.”

You can learn about the value and use of Dropbox for Genealogists in a webinar on CD. The presentation on this disk was originally given on April 21, 2011 by popular blogger and speaker Thomas MacEntee. Dropbox has changed little in that time period; except, to become even more popular. The webinar lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and comes with and 18 page handout.

Topics presented include:

  • What is Dropbox?
  • Setting up a Dropbox account
  • Using Dropbox on your computer for data storage
  • How “synching” works
  • Sharing Dropbox folders
  • Dropbox delete, undo, and undelete
  • Using the Dropbox website
  • Managing your Dropbox account
  • Legacy Family Tree data and Dropbox
  • Breaking the free 2GB barrier
  • Questions and answers from live attendees around the world
  • and other tips and tricks along the way

Web seminars, or “Webinars,” have quickly become one of the most popular ways for professionals and companies to share information with large groups of individuals from across the country, or even around the world, without the high cost of travel. Webinars are just like seminars. A large group of “attendees” can come and watch a presentation at a given time. Webinars are nice, since they are usually recorded and can be watched again at a later time. The only real downside to webinars is the video stream can be slow for some people. Depending in large part on the viewer’s own personal Internet connection speed, video may or may not play well. The age of a person’s computer may also contribute to slow playback. To counter these playback problems, some individuals and companies offer the option to buy their webinars on CD. CD’s offer the opportunity to play these webinars on almost any computer at anytime, without the worry of connection issues.

About the author:

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,800 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.


Order a copy of  Dropbox for Genealogists on disc from Family Root Publishing.