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After snapping up the new Kindle Fire HDX 7" in the frenzy of Cyber-Monday sales, I admit to a bit of buyer's remorse. I wasn't sure I needed or wanted a second tablet. I'm already a happy iPad user and didn't want to replace my iOS device for mail, web browsing, social media. But I did want a better e-reader. And with new Kindle Deals almost every day, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look.
I've been a fan of ebooks since the early Kindle days. My first e-reader was the Keyboard Kindle. I really liked reading outdoors, traveling with so many books at hand, the handy dictionary (I was an English teacher, after all!).
Then, along came the iPad and the Kindle App that brought my ebooks to the Apple device. I liked the short LCD text on white, but the iPad really wasn't useful for reading outside the house. And, the bright screen was hard on my eyes for extended reading. The large screen was still great for PDFs and journals, but I enjoyed novels and heavy text more on the e-ink reader.
When the smaller, lighter, Kindle Touch was announced, I gave my keyboard model to my husband and moved to the new model. To be honest, I was never a fan of the Touch. To my eyes, there wasn't enough contrast between text and background for comfortable reading. I liked the size and weight, but just didn't enjoy the reading experience. I went back to the keyboard Kindle and used the iPad.
The Kindle Paperwhite promised to improve readability with a built-in light in an e-reader that was as small and nearly as light-weight as the Touch. It worked. I could read in bed without turning on a light, and I could still read outdoors. New software features made it easier to annotate passages, upload PDFs, or go out on the web.
But a funny thing happened along my e-reader path. I got used to the nice bright iPad screen and seeing photos or other embedded images in crisp resolution or full color. And the Amazon Kindle market exploded with new content, both print and video… and audio.
Did I mention that I enjoy audiobooks too? When I was working on my graduate degree in English, I discovered that listening to audiobooks via Audible.com or other providers could help boost the number of 19th century English novels consumed in a semester. Older Kindle models don't all have audio capability, but of course, the iPad offers the world of iTunes and other web content.
One of the less-known features of the Amazon jungle is the almost uncanny Whispersync -- whereby a spoken-word book will sync with your e-reader page. I wish this technology had been available when I was in grad school! I can only imagine enjoying all 848 pages of Dombey and Sons by alternating audio and reading.
The first generation Paperwhite didn't have audio capability; but the new Kindle Fire HD and HDX models offer a full color and audio experience. The newest Kindle Fire HDX offers "stunning" color and the exclusive Mayday Button. Plus, easier access to the Amazon jungle of free movie streaming and book borrowing for members of Amazon Prime (that's me!).
Did I mention that I love libraries? And as an Amazon Prime member, I have access to a BIG BIG library? Prime members can borrow one book per month for free; titles depend on the current selection. In addition, Prime members also have first peek at new releases through the Kindle First program and can download one featured book free every month.
For December, the featured Kindle First books included titles in four genres:
Women's Fiction - Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen
Thriller - The Widow File by S.G. Redling
Romance - Sweet Nothings by Kim Law
Young Adult - Timebound by Rysa Walker
I'm getting there. First, I have to mention the Mayday button. I've never called Kindle tech support, but I've answered plenty of calls from family members who want a little help with their e-reader devices. I was intrigued by the notion of 15-second support response from a pleasant and helpful R.P. (Real Person).
So, I received my new Kindle Fire HDX - 7-inch and all my Kindle books were already loaded. I started reading Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith right where I left off when reading the book on my iPad. The little 7-inch Fire is the perfect size for holding with one hand and the sharp screen makes the the text crisp and clear. The only problem was that in the evening and early morning, the screen was pretty bright, in fact, it was uncomfortably bright. And, although I could find the control to adjust font, font size, or change from white, to off-white paper, to black screen with white text, I couldn't figure out how to adjust the brightness.
At 6 a.m I was searching the User's Guide and then in the Amazon forums for an answer. Finally, my husband looked over and suggested that I hit the Mayday button. I'd forgotten all about it. So, lying there in bed with my hair standing on end, I met Chuck who answered my distress call in under ten seconds.
It was a good thing he couldn't see me because it was still early morning in Southern California. Chuck looked kinda like a guy-version of Amy, the redhead in the Amazon Kindle commercials. He spoke with a Texas twang and drew with a highlighter to show me the control I had missed. In less than a minute I had the brightness adjusted, and learned how to access the entire set of usability controls. (Of course, I could have just taken the user's tour when I first opened the device!).
That was pretty cool. No, that was WAY COOL. To touch a button and have instant tech support. Score BIG for Amazon Kindle.
Will the Kindle Fire HDX replace my iPad? No. I don't plan to move my email to the Kindle, and although the web surfing is super-fast on the Kindle, I still like the larger iPad screen size.
For me, the Kindle is a reading device. I've watched free streaming movies and TV shows on it and the color is fabulous. There's no buffering (like on my iPad) and the selection process is streamlined and direct. The 7-inch size makes is fine for a single user, but it's small. The size, however, is what makes it light and easy to hold for reading, and an easy fit inside my purse or a large pocket.
As an e-reader, the Kindle really shines. And, there are many features I have yet to explore, like Goodreads integration, collection organization, and immersion reading where words are highlighted as they are read aloud in the audiobook version.
Technology changes so quickly that I always feel one or more versions behind the cutting edge. The Kindles' lower price make it an attractive device for experiencing new features and new ways to enjoy books for a lot less money than other tablets. Combined with the benefits from Amazon Prime membership, the Kindle offers a lot of "bang for the buck" and I'm very happy with what's in my Christmas stocking after all!
Here's the model I bought: Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch, Wi-Fi only, with Special Offers
Kindle Deals are changing every day with new prices and financing announced often. Check out Kindle Deals for the latest specials.
The Kindle Fire HD vs. HDX
Available in 7-inch or 8.9-inch sizes. Both the HD and HDX models have many of the same e-reader features, but only the HDX models have the highest resolution screen and the exclusive Mayday button.
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Editor/Publisher has donned her tiara to announce the Christmas 2013 issue of Shades of the Departed Magazine: Toys. Read your free copy here and Merry Christmas to all! Thank you once again, footnoteMaven, for a wonderful holiday gift!
P.S. Miss Penelope Dreadful's Irish cousin Dervla Dreadful has provided a most charming contribution to Toys . Clearly, spinning tales runs in the family.
Table Of Contents
On The Cover Of Shades
The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe - Editor
Dressed To The Nines
The Well Dressed Doll - Maureen Taylor
Watch The Birdie
Toys Used As Accessories In Photographic Studios - Brett Payne
Toys, Family Stories, & Junk Piles - Caroline Pointer
The Appeal of Toys - Craig Manson
Queen Victoria’s Dolls
Wooden and Paper - fM
Dervla “Dare” Dreadful
A Dreadful Adventure - A Doll’s Story
The Healing Brush
Use Your Imagination - Janine Smith
An iAncestor Christmas
All I Want For Christmas - Denise Barrett Olson
The Toy Shop Album
Toys In Old Photos
Protecting An Antique Book - Denise Levenick
The Last Picture Show
Elijah B. Core - Children’s Portrait Specialist
If you're thinking about passing on a family heirloom this holiday season, take time to make your something so special that the recipient will be delighted you stayed out of the Mall and went shopping in your family archive.
My late mother-in-law was the Queen of ReGifting. No last-year's fad gifts for this lady; her double-duty gifts were typically last-generation. She loved to shop at local charity thrift shops, estate sales, junk sales, department store sales. . . you get the picture.
One year, all the men in the family received multiple pairs of swimming trunks -- for Christmas. They were on sale. No kidding. Even California has seasons. The women received estate jewelry -- one sister-in-law opened a beautiful gold and jet brooch; another received a matching bracelet; my package held the earrings to complete the set. We took turns trying on the complete ensemble and drew straws to see who would take it home.
Do NOT break up an heirloom set of anything.
My husband and brother-in-law celebrated birthdays a few days apart, so their mother often gave them similar gifts -- shirts and pajamas were popular until she found a new thrift store specializing in estate silver, or sorta-silver. One year they each received lovely silver covered vegetable dishes, engraved with someone else's initials. Sorry, but there is no way that the letter "S" looks like "L."
Think twice about giving gifts with Superman's monogram.
I enjoy displaying our son's little silver baby cups, dents and all, on a table in the dining room. My mother-in-law kindly gave brought over my husband's silver cups to add to the collection, but she didn't stop there. Soon, I had brightly polished baby cups belonging to Edith, Millie, and Baby Susie -- and we don't even have daughters!
Consider carefully before changing a collection into clutter.
My mother-in-law was generous to a fault, but every so often she scored big in my book.
In the days when she was still cruising the streets of Pasadena in her '87 Olds, Mary trawled a regular route of second-hand stores in the greater Los Angeles basin. Noticing my interest in family history, she picked up several cased photographs on one excursion and gave them to me "because you like these pictures."
My mother-in-law appreciated beautiful handwork, and often gave me hand stitched table linens or embroidered hand towels. She recognized memories held by family keepsakes and wasn't put off by personalization. In fact, I think she knew that often the most interesting pieces are personalized. And, what's wrong with that? As long as there's room to add a new initial or name, a keepsake can keep adding more history.
As the lucky beneficiaries of many re-gifts, it's sometimes hard to remember what keepsakes started out "in the family" and what started out in another home. In some cases, many years have passed since these treasures moved into our house, and I can't remember much at all about them. All of which makes me very appreciative of the few items that still hold their stories, whether it's a handwritten note tucked inside a coffee pot or a little piece of paper in a candy dish.
One of my favorite keepsakes. No strings attached with this candy dish. The note reads: "Nothing special about this but it is nice -- for candy, olives, pickles, etc."
Before presenting your gift on Christmas morning, take time to write a short note to go along with the item. You don't need to have perfect penmanship; you're handwritten note is a memento all by itself. Use a dark ink pen or pencil on the best quality paper you have available -- old-fashioned rag paper stationery or a piece of "resume" paper will last the longest. Avoid newsprint or recycled paper.
Write a conversational letter to the recipient, or just short history with bullet points, whatever style suits you best. Be sure to include --
You might consider attaching the note to the item in some way (on the back of a painting or piece of furniture), or adding an Heirloom Registry identification plaque with online registration of the keepsake's history. You could also photograph the item and place a copy of the photo and your note in your genealogy or estate papers so other family members will know what happened to this family heirloom.
Family Heirlooms can be a wonderful legacy, but without the story, it's just stuff.
I am so excited about Michelle Roos Goodrum's new book Digging for Ancestors: An In-Depth Guide to Land Records, not just because I know it will be well-written and researched, but because I NEED THIS BOOK.
I've been working with land records more and more and I've looked for a guide that would explain unfamiliar terms, give tips for transcribing and extracting information, and direct my research time for effective results. I can't wait to "dig into" Michelle's new book; from the topic list in the Table of Contents, it promises to answer a lot of questions:
Quick Start: Top Ten Tips
Getting Started with Land Records Research
Using Deed Indexes and Deeds
Transcribing Documents: Quick Answers to Why and How
Understanding Extracts and Abstracts
What are Dower and Dowry?
Using the BLM in Your Research
Baffled by Legal Property Descriptions?
Let's Talk: State Land States
A Look at Cash Entry Files
Examining a Homestead File
Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems
Cemetery Deeds: They're Land Records, Too
Three Reasons to Visit the Old Family Home
Google Earth: See the Past in the Present
Fun with Land and Property Records
Appendix A: Resources for Land Records Research
Appendix B: Township Grid
As Michelle notes, the contents includes material from her "Timeless Territories" column published at The In-Depth Genealogist, from her blog Turning of Generations, along with new material and resources.
I have come to know Michelle from our shared interest in caring for family treasures; we both inherited a legacy of family photos, documents, and artifacts and have been working on digitizing and organizing the collections. Congratulations, Michelle, on your latest accomplishment.
Note: I was provided with a review copy from the publisher. I am an Amazon Affiliate.
Not content to merely "talk tech," RootsTech 2014, hosted by FamilySearch, is harnessing technology to make the February national family history conference available worldwide. This week I attended an online meeting for speakers whose sessions will be recorded and streamed, and learned that over 450 sites will be accessing RootsTech for their own family history fairs.
The Roots Tech Team announced worldwide participation by LDS Family History Centers and local genealogy societies:
Twelve sessions will be streamed live and made available to visitors of the RootsTech website. Over forty presentations will be offered to organizers of off-site family history fairs, including my Friday presentation: How to Scan an Elephant: Digitize Your Family History from Artifact to Zombie. I'm excited to be part of this innovative program and be in Salt Lake City for the fourth RootsTech conference.
Hats off to the organizers of this colossal endeavor. Each recorded session will be translated into ten international languages to make the content more accessible to viewers. I've been scrambling to submit my materials for the pre-conference work needed to translate and publicize the session choices available for the off-site family history fairs.
RootsTech 2013 counted over 6,700 registered attendees and nearly 14,000 viewings of live-streamed sessions. By adding the international family history events, RootsTech 2014 must be nearly the largest family history conference worldwide.
RootsTech 2014 will take place in the East Wing of the Salt Palace Convention Center offering bigger classrooms and a larger exhibit hall. Local conference hotels are offering special conference rates with extended days (helpful for a little research the Family History Library).
Registration is now open, but special events are filling quickly. Register now for this great genealogy event!
The teenagers and grands on your holiday shopping list might not think of themselves as family historians, but consider this:
Every instagram photo, every snap of that baby's smile is a future family keepsake!
Lately I've been working on new articles and presentations featuring digitizing your family history, and I've come across several fun and useful new gadgets that have made their way into my gear bag. Of course, a few of these are still on my holiday wish list, but I couldn't resist sharing my favorite geeky finds that will make great holiday gifts for the genealogist, or shutterbug, on your gift list.
It might not look like much, but the Joby GripTight Mount is my choice for Number 1 Geeky Gadget of the year. This really, really small expandable grip fits iPhones and most smartphones and turns your camera phone into a digitizing powerhouse. Screw the Joby GripTight Mount to any tripod with a universal mount or add a GorillaPod Tripod to make a DIY tripod with a chair or fence rail. When you're finished, detach the phone and collapse the mount to stow it in your pocket or clip to a keychain. Also available as a kit including mount and tripod Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand.
Anyone who spends time digitizing family keepsakes with a smartphone or digital camera knows that sometimes shutter jitter can create fuzzy shots. A remote shutter release, either wired or wireless, lets you step away from the camera to operate the shutter and achieve crisp, clear images. Unfortunately, most compact digital cameras don't include a port for a shutter remote, but it's worth checking to see if the genealogist on your gift list could use a remote.
The $6.99 Satechi Remote Shutter works great with my Canon Powershot G11/12 series and is compatible with several other Canon cameral.
Move the light where you need it most to photograph fading tombstone inscriptions using the NEEWER 32-Inch Collapsible Light Reflector. This portable reflector won't be as crisp and bright as a real mirror, but it's quite a bit less fragile.
The kit comes with five different reflectors (translucent, silver, gold, white, and black) but the white and metallic will be most helpful directing light on tombstone carving. A handy pouch holds the reflectors between cemetery outings.
If you use your smartphone to snap close-up photos the Easy-Macro Cell Phone Lens Band is an easy way to add optical zoom to most any smartphone. The lens is attached to a flexible band that snaps over the phone, with or without case, giving instant access to the macro lens without sticky adhesive or wobbly clips.
I'm always on a quest for new camera filters and lenses, especially something that fits over a case. For this price the quality doesn't compare to a real camera lens, but it adds a bit of fun to the camera gear kit.
Does your favorite genealogist already own a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner? The Flip-Pal Sketch Kit accessory adds note-taking ability with a transparent write-on/wiipe-off film that lets you identify photos and make citation notes that will appear with the scanned image.
Kit comes with three erasable markers and clear acrylic sketch sheet.
These little memory cards speed up digitizing by automagically transferring your snapshots or scans directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet device. The Eye-Fi Mobi Wireless Memory Card, transfers image files to your mobile device, while the Eye-Fi Pro X2 model handles camera RAW files and transfers to MAC or PC computer.
Olloclip iPhone Lenses
Don't you sometimes wish you could get a really good close-up photo, or maybe a wide-angle shot with your iPhone camera? The Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens for iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S is winning awards for its high quality optical lenses designed to bring iPhonography to a new level. Choose from the 3-in-one Lens that delivers wide-angle, macro, and fish-eye capability, or the Olloclip Telephoto Lens + Circular Polarizer for iPhone 4/4S that brings telephone and polarizer lens to the iPhone. Models for both iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 are available; unfortunately, Android smartphones are not included. The high-quality glass optics in Olloclip lenses have earned high praise in MacWorld and Wired.
I've been frustrated when trying to photograph framed documents and photos under glass one time too many, and am looking forward to putting the Olloclip Polarizing Lens to the test soon. Combined with the telephone, the CPL (Circular Polarizing Lens) will also cut through smog, haze, and fog making those grey winter skies less daunting.
Of course, you might also be looking for a Great Big Geeky Gadget for your favorite genealogist. Something like a new tablet or eReader.
You'll have lots of choices in the world of mobile tablet devices, from Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy 7-inch Tab 3
to the Apple iPad Mini
and the Kindle Fire HD and new HDX.
When comparing models, check compatibility with the available eBook platforms for access to a growing library of genealogy reference books and family histories. Titles available in the Amazon Kindle Store can be read on all kinds of tablets, not only the Kindle ebook readers. You will need the Kindle App, for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad or for Windows Android.
Amazon Prime members have the added benefit of borrowing books, including many genealogy titles, from the Kindle library to read for free with the Kindle App or on a Kindle device.
Save on shipping and wrapping by sending your favorite genealogist an eBook download via Family Tree Books, iTunes or the Amazon Kindle Store. Search Genealogy or Family History for a growing selection of titles, or lend a helping hand to the keeper of the stuff in your family by giving a copy of my book How to Archive Family Keepsakes.
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On a recent research trip I found a large early California magazine I wanted to duplicate for further study. I could have photographed the page, but I also wanted to try out a new-to-me portable scanner, the Canon CanoScan LiDE210 Scanner.
These little scanners have been around for awhile, and have become popular for onsite research because they deliver the quality of a flat-bed scanner and are powered by a single USB cable to a laptop. The low profile and 8 1/2 x 12 scanning surface make it a good choice for scanning oversize documents in fewer images.
The scanner hardware is easy to use, but the software is clumsy and overly-complicated. I had trouble trying to figure out how to set file formats and file-saving locations, and finally just used the AutoScan setting hoping I could get the images I need. It took me a while to realize that it comes with two completely different scanning options
-- one operated through the Canon Solution Menu and another through the ScanGear Driver. The scans are accessed through the MP Navigator EX, where you can rotate, adjust, and edit the images.
When I looked at the digital images later, I realized that some of the oversized pages were digitized in mixed file formats, some PDF and others as JPG images, and the JPG cover images were made in different directions, one horizontal and one vertical.
Fortunately, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 can easily reassemble scanned images, as well as regular digital photos. I use the Photomerge feature for all kinds of projects, and think it's one of PS Elements best tools.
Photomerge is accessed through the main File Menu, and offers more than simple stitching for oversize images. The feature can actually perform several different tricks; most are designed for digital photographs, but will work well on scanned images too.
Photomerge Group Shot can be used to create a group photo with the "best of" from several different images. So, if someone's eyes are closed in one photo and a different person is yawning in another picture, the two photos can be combined to have one good group shot. Think of the possibilities! No more rabbit ears!
Photomerge Faces does something similar with to combine portraits and make one great image. The idea is that you can select what features you like in each portrait -- hair, eyes, mouth, etc. -- and combine them into one "better" portrait.
Photomerge Scene Cleaner removes people or things from your photo by replacing the annoying tourist with scenery from a similar image.
The mode I use most often is the Photomerge Panorama. Photoshop Elements offers several different styles of panorama, but I've had good results relying on the Automatic method. Access the Photomerge feature through the File Menu:
File > New > Photomerge Panorama
I selected Auto and browsed for the files I wanted to stitch together. After selecting the files, I clicked OK and Elements stitched everything together as I watched the software open the files and reassemble the multiple images to the full-page magazine cover like Magic!
I've never met a turkey I didn't like. Even dried up old curmudgeonous fowl can be artfully disguised in a lovely soft roll slathered with gravy or cranberry sauce. But, turkey and all the trimmings are not "our" holiday, so we often find ourselves aproned and whisk at the ready in someone else's kitchen.
I now travel like Strega Nona with an apron and my favorite whisk. Please don't think you are imposing if you ask me to make the gravy. I was taught by the masters (or mistresses) and make darn good gravy. The secret, said one grandmother, is to keep it HOT. The secret, said another, is to brown the flour. I do both. And when it's hot and bubbling, the quart or two or three stays piping hot in a slow cooker or large thermos jug.
I also bring my own basic ingredient -- raspberry jello (hard to find in London). What's Thanksgiving turkey without Auntie's Cranberry Jello Salad? It's just another dinner. Don't like jello? Don't worry. The traditional American cranberry has enough pectin to congeal in any mold! Cook with sugar and orange peel until thickened and place in a stoneware mold to chill.
The best part about Thanksgiving dinner, I think, is that everyone in our family expects a traditional meal -- turkey, stuffing, gravy, green beans, pumpkin pie. One pie per kid.
My earliest memory of Thanksgiving is a confusion of people and tables and chairs all set up in my grandparent's front room. I don't remember anything about the meal except I didn't want to eat it. My wise grandmother Arline disappeared into the kitchen and returned with the can of Reddi Whip. Dessert hadn't been served, but she simply filled my plate with whipped cream and sat down at her own place. Now that was a meal to remember.
A REAL Card Catalog available for those so inclined! At the Sahyun Library
This past weekend I had the pleasure of presenting Caring for Keepsakes: Top 10 Family Heirlooms to over 200 members of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, and receiving a personal tour of their fabulous new genealogy library.
Entrance Patio to the Sahyun Library with new addition to the left.
With over 600 members, the SBCGS is a busy and society, and it's obvious they know how to get things done! When I arrived the meeting was already in full swing with six or more tables hosting focus group sessions. This was followed by a lively and informative general meeting featuring the recent Picnic in the Cemetery and enjoy slides of the living history reenactments performed by society members.
The meeting showcased new books available in their bookstore and a Half and Half program that helps double the library's buying power -- new books are featured in photos and a short description and members can help "buy" the book for the library by contributing half of the book's cost. Great idea! These books are temporarily shelved in a "New Books" section of the library so donors can easily find them, before being moved to their permanent location on the shelves.
Following the meeting and my presentation, I enjoyed lunch with several members and a tour of the new Sahyun library. "Homeless" no more, the SBCGS has put down roots at the historic Sahyun property near downtown Santa Barbara and expanded the existing buildings to accommodate a library, meeting rooms, and computer lab.
Sahyun Library and Computer Lab
Dr. Melville Sahyun was a Santa Barbara medical pioneer noted for many patents and prescriptions, including Visine. Mrs. Sahyun was a local historian with an interest in early California history, and in 1998 the Sayhun family donated the one and a half acre property to the SBCGS to be used as a family history research library. The property includes the Sahyun's 1880's Victorian home, and several bungalow-type buildings that formerly housed Dr. Sahyun's offices and laboratories.
Former office of Dr. Melville Sahyun; Photo of Dr. and Mrs. Sahyun
SBCGS volunteers spent hours renovating the property to accommodate their fast-growing book collection, now numbering over 25,000 items. The new computer lab boasts PC and Mac computer stations and a digital copy stand for member's use. I also saw the new digital microfilm reader/scanner that will be used by members in a flagship scanning project to digitize Santa Barbara County vital records and other local documents.
My tour guide Louise at the copy stand.
I'm jealous of this machine!
Read more about the Library and visit the SBCGS website. The Sahyun Library is open four days a week; the card catalog is available 24/7 for online searches. My tour guide, Louise, noted that the library has especially strong collections of New England, Pennsylvania, and Southern U.S. Collections, as well as a relatively large selection of New Zealand and Australian books, thanks to the travels of a society member.
Are you ready to start turning your family history papers into digital files, but don't quite know how to get started? Join the one-week Digitize Your Genealogy Workshop at Family Tree University for simple steps to help you go from paper to pixels.
I've expanded the digitizing sections from my book, How to Archive Family Keepsakes, to a workshop program that includes
I will also be answering questions on the message board and sharing ideas to help you move past any digitizing hurdles.
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Sayhun Library
Learn how to preserve family photos, artifacts, and heirlooms this Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the monthly meeting of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society where I will present Caring for Keepsakes, The Top 10 Family Treasures.
Inheriting family keepsakes can be a burden and a blessing. Sometimes it's hard to know what to save, what to toss, and what to do with what's left. On Saturday I'll be sharing preservation tips for some of the most popular family keepsakes, with ideas for setting up a home archive to protect items while keeping them available for research and sharing.
It's always a treat to visit beautiful Santa Barbara, and I'm looking forward to this weekend when I'll return to my college town (UCSB is a few miles up the coast) for a day of genealogy with the SBCGS. The Society also operates the Sahyun Library on Castillo Street in Santa Barbara, and hosts the "Found Treasures" project highlighted on their website.
The SBCGS meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State in Santa Barbara. Meeting begins at 9:30 am; program at 10:30 am. More information may be found here. Hope to see you there!
My grandfather, Walter George May was a young Army soldier stationed at Camp Funston near Manhattan, Kansas in the spring of 1917.
Sally Jacobs, a professional archivist by day and practical archivist sharing her wisdom by night, hosted a great online chat yesterday that is now available in archived edition. Sally shares 3 Secrets Every Accidental Archivist Needs to Know and answers questions about rescuing photos, scrapbooks and other family treasures.
I'm a long-time fan of Sally's blog, The Practical Archivist, and her down-to-earth approach to preserving all the stuff we inherit from our ancestors. In fact, Sally was the driving force behind my photo tutorial on How to Relax and Rehumidify Old Rolled Photographs.
She understands that we can't save everything and offers very practical suggestions to help choose what to save and what to let go -- Tip: most people want photos of their ancestors, not so much photos of places they visited. Sally even gives a short list of the kinds of photos to keep (hint: remember the dog!).
If you missed Sally's chat yesterday, be sure to bookmark the site and spend some time reviewing her comments and the Q&A at the end.