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Techy tips for family historians

Make the most of digital devices, websites, apps and gadgets, with genealogical web guru Paul Carter


Gadget know-how for genies

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My first PC boasted 10MB (megabytes) of storage on its hard drive. The 128GB USB flash drive (memory stick) I now carry around in my pocket has a capacity several orders of magnitude greater than that old PC. That’s enough space for thousands of documents and photos, available by simply plugging into the USB socket of a computer.

These devices are perfect for carrying a copy of your research and many archives are now equipped to allow digital scans of documents, which may be taken away on your flash drive. There’s so many options now available but I prefer sticking with the more well-known brands such as Kingston or SanDisk. As well as the drive’s capacity, consider its speed. The number to look out for is USB 3.0 (or now 3.1) as opposed to the older USB 2.0. Both work well but a USB 3.0 drive has a much faster data transfer rate so file copies will zip along.

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