I am not very computer literate; I get by, but barely. I have been using google earth for several years to plot ancient river channels and old mining claims from MRDS on Google Earth. I have (used to have) pretty extensive maps drawn from all sorts of sources- until google earth crashed, and I lost several hundreds of hours of work- in several instances (I am a slow learner about GE). So I "get" GE (except for the crashing part) and I had multiple layers on it until it ALL went away.
I looked around and it sounds like QGIS may work better, but I have spent a lot of hours trying to figure out how to get QGIS started- despite spending hours looking at "QGIS 101" videos on Youtube. I am very frustrated as this is a GIS terminology is a foreign language to me and apparently the conventions and terminology are foreign to me.
What I am looking to do is to simply add several layers onto either a topo and a satellite image. That's it. It would be nice if the program was set up simply like GE, but would have more defined layers (which I am sure EVERY program has).
I have spent hours trying to get appropriate maps loaded and I am being confounded with too many options and terminology in the windows that I don't understand. I have tried to follow several videos online, and the screens shown on the videos are different from the ones I am viewing. I feel I am spending way too much time, just figuring out how to set up a simple program.
Rather than waste hours of my time trying unsuccessfully to set this up, is there any "service", where a person can be "coached" on how to set up a program like QGIS? My needs are simple, and I assume as soon as I get the program set up, I can start using it, but I am having issues setting it up, despite reading and viewing tons of stuff.
I am stuck on how to download topo maps and how to know about and to get the plugins that I need to get started. It would be nice to find someone to just walk me through the set up with what I need to get started, if QGIS is my answer. Is there anywhere I can go to get this help?