A little help, if you please?

A little help, if you please?

It is an old legend that my family is distantly related to Samuel J. Tilden, who won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College in the presidential election of 1876.

Long before hanging chads, Tilden, the governor of New York, tallied a quarter-million more votes but lost to Ohio Gov. Rutherford B. Hayes (“Rutherfraud B. Hayes” is how he was known by some).

Perhaps you wonder where I’m going with this.

It’s simple, really. My mom has asked me to find her a laptop.

Really. I get to shop for a computer. Paroxysms of delight!

So, I asked her, what do you want to do with the computer? Thinking, naturally, that she would want to stay in contact with her children – especially me, her favorite.

Turns out that would be a side benefit. She really wants to use it for genealogy.

I’m pretty good with RAM and hard drive size and operating systems and wifi and brands and all that. The computer, I can buy.

But I need a little help with this genealogy thing.

Two questions:

What online sites are the best?

And what software is the best for a Windows machine?

Please cure my ignorance.

My mom says thanks.

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