Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 2014 Scanfest

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 26 September 2014

Articles and posts that caught my eye:

5 adopted siblings reunited after 4 decades by Lee Rood of the Des Moines Register at USA Today

Canine noses point to forgotten, unmarked graves in Wilmington by Bruce Siceloff at the Charlotte Observer

Seven Reasons You Are Not Finding Your Ancestor by Robin Foster at

Sites across the country offer lessons on Roosevelts by Beth J. Harpaz of the Associated Press at the Spokesman-Review

New journal focuses on Midwestern history and its follow-up post Easy & free access to Mississippi Valley Historical Review by Paula Stuart-Warren at Paula's Genealogical Eclectica

German Digital Church Book Portal is Now Online by Dick Eastman at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Lineage Trap by Tony Proctor at Parallax View

Cross-Time Photos Show Snapshots of Seattle's Past and Present, Side by Side by Martha King at Quirksee

1930s, '40s Idaho a click away: Yale website holds photos from FDR public relations effort by John Sowell of the Spokesman-Review (the site the article references can be accessed here)

5 Facebook settings to change now by Kim Kommando, special for USA Today

My New Follows at Twitter:

@vigrgenealogy, @sue_familyfolk@marionbaxter12, @MarjorieMunroe, @MyTree385, @kriswms2, @traceyfromkc, @DT_Genea, @QueryGeni, @eriePAgenealogy, @sbirdgenealogy, @CathApelseth, @misseandme@wetidygraves, @PoszukiwaczePrz, @cdncrogen, @CherishMyMemory, @Genealogy_UK, @mcgen1, @zapgrandmagap, @Tay_digital, @albmadreamng, @rootsgenie, @NotPat1949, @GailBlankenau, @HudsonGenealogy, @Ancestorsearch, @Ancestreemakers, @YrTreeSearcher

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scanfest is Coming!

The September 2014 Scanfest will take place here at AnceStories this coming Sunday, September 28, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time.
What is Scanfest? It's a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family document and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring!

Scanfest is a great time to "meet" other genealogists, ask questions about scanning and preservation, and get the kick in the pants we all need on starting those massive scanning projects that just seem too overwhelming to begin.

To get started, you need to know the basics about scanning:

1. Don't use commercial glass cleaners (i.e. Windex) or paper towels to clean your scanner's glass plate. Use a soft, clean cloth, preferably microfiber. If you must use a liquid, use water sprayed directly onto the cloth  and make sure to let the plate dry thoroughly before placing photos or documents on it.

2. Wear cotton gloves (available at many art and/or photography supply shops) when handling photos and old documents.

3. Don't slide the photos around on the glass plate. Place them exactly where you want them. Photos should NEVER be scanned by a scanner that feeds the document through the machine, but ALWAYS on a flat-bed scanner.

4. Set your scanner to scan at no smaller than 300 dpi (dots per inch). Many experts recommend 600 dpi for photographs.

5. Photographs should ALWAYS be scanned and saved as .tif files. Use "Save As" to reformat the .tif file to a .jpg file for restoration and touchups, emailing, or uploading to an online photo album. ALWAYS retain the original scan as a .tif file.

6. Documents can be scanned as .pdf files or .tif files.

7. When you are done scanning your photos, don't put them back in those nasty "magnetic" photo albums. Place them in archival safe albums or boxes found at websites such as Archival Products or Archival Suppliers. Do NOT store any newsprint (articles, obituaries, etc.) with the photos. The acid from the newspaper will eventually destroy the photograph.

Now about the chatting part of Scanfest:

We will be using Blyve, a live blogging platform that you access right here at AnceStories. On Sunday at 11 AM, PDT, come right here to AnceStories and you'll see the Blyve live blog/forum in the top post. It's not really a "chat room," per se, it's more like a live forum and anyone visiting this site can read and see what is happening in the forum.

You will not need to download any software.

We look forward to having you participate with us!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 19 September 2014

Articles that caught my eye:

The mother of all [Irish] archives goes online by John Kennedy at Silicon Republic

10 Unique Ways to Use Microsoft OneNote by Christian Cawley at MakeUseOf

Five Best Language Translation Tools by Alan Henry at Lifehacker

New Images Added to PERSI by Dick Eastman at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

DNA ownership by Judy G. Russell at The Legal Genealogist

A Response to the Genetic Testing Article in Vox by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D. at The Genetic Genealogist

Citations: 1-2-3 Easy by Elizabeth Shown Mills at Quick Tips: The Blog @ Evidence Explained

My New Follows at Twitter:

@rootspoint, @Huenchenwaage, @jeanne_eckman, @heritagecert, @Mocavo, @familytreemaguk, @ancestorstree, @Edward_H_Kim, @NixonMan1972, @ruthcottrell, @Bevno59, @alhupartu, @OurGeorgiaRoots, @blcurwin, @fanniesyouraunt, @SouleKindred, @Ewalsh6570Erin, @Genealogy4me, @slavedwelling, @GullahGeechee, @Dunwichmuseum, @Daily_Historian, @crhcarchives, @CollageCompany

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Grays Harbor Genealogical Society's Fall Workshop

I'm looking forward to giving three presentations next Saturday at the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society's fall workshop at the Aberdeen Museum of History, 111 E. Third Street in Aberdeen, Washington.

The cost is only $15. Two presentations available to the public are "Frugal Genealogy: or How NOT to Spend a Fortune on Your Family Tree!" and "How to Find Volunteer and Low-Cost Researchers Online." They will go from 1:00 to 3:15 PM.

If you sign up to be a member this week, you'll get to attend a bonus presentation from 10:00 to 11:30 AM on "Finding Your Ancestors' Vital Records and Obituaries Online" -- also at the Museum of History.

Click on image to download .pdf form.

For more information about this workshop or other programs, contact Roxanne Lowe.

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