Notes from the past…

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week # 48: Genealogy Society Member

52-Weeks-AbundantGenealogy society members are a vital part of the family history community. We’ve made many acquaintances this way and we all benefit from their friendship, support and expertise. Share with us a genealogy society member that has left a memorable impression on you.

I don’t currently belong to a genealogical society (yet!), but there is one local society member who has impressed me immensely with his tireless work on behalf of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society and Texas genealogy in general.

Rob Yoder is currently the Society’s 3rd Vice President and the editor of Footsprints, The Quarterly Journal of FWGS, and is also one of the two county coordinators for the Tarrant County, Texas GenWeb site. Rob was instrumental in creating the Texas Marriage Collections of FWGS . And he has recently compiled the Footprints Topical Index 1957-2012.

When does the man sleep?



52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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How to keep a document always on top on your computer’s desktop

Ever try to study a photo or transcribe a document, but find yourself having to toggle back & forth between the image and your notepad/blog/genealogy program?

A pain in the backside, ain’t it?

I found a very simple and free solution to this problem.

This morning, I was trying to transcribe the information from some of my Mom’s documents into my RootsMagic database source citations. I had several windows and programs open as I researched these documents. I was getting pretty annoyed, having to toggle back to the document in question and getting lost among all the open pages and programs.

Why can’t I have that document “always on top” on the desktop?

So I Googled my question and this is what I found:


See that red circle and the little stick pin inside? Here it is in action:


Just click on the stick pin and that image will stay on top of your desktop. Click it again to disable the pin.

How simple is that! It works with images and other programs, too, such as Evernote and Paint Shop Pro. 4t Tray Minimizer is a free download recommended by, one of my favorite tech sites. Check it out!