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27 Jan 2015

List of Facebook Genealogy Resources

Have you heard about the list of Facebook Genealogy Resources?

Download the 120-page PDF of 4,130+ links to genealogy resources on Facebook (updated 18 Oct 2014) here: Genealogy on Facebook List.

This list is compiled and updated at regular intervals by genealogist Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inspired by her success using Facebook to break down some of her brick walls, Katherine’s List of Facebook Genealogy Resources is a gold mine of information. Gail Dever has created a Canadian list that includes French-speaking groups & pages, available at this link:  Facebook for Canadian Genealogy.

Willson’s list is arranged by location or subject. Location links on Facebook include virtually every country from Australia to Zimbabwe; U.S. locations are broken out by state. Subject links run the gamut from adoption to surnames. The links include both subject groups that are only on Facebook, […]

24 Jan 2015

Winter 2015 Sale for Genealogy Archival Supplies

The Hollinger Metal Edge Winter 2015 Sale for Genealogy Archival Supplies is on now and ends 31 January 2015. Get 20 percent off of 2014 prices for all archival supplies at Hollinger Metal Edge, where professional archivists shop. This isn’t an advertised sale, so use the following code to get this discount.

Use Code: 2015 for your order to get the discount prices for the Winter 2015 Sale for Genealogy Archival Supplies.

I am dismayed when genealogists tell me they buy acid-free supplies for their priceless family papers at discount or office supply stores, home parties, or other outlets that aren’t in the preservation business. That isn’t where libraries or archives shop and neither should you. Archivists swear by Hollinger, the leader in this field since 1945. If they say it’s acid-free, you can count on it.

Products I really like include:

17 Jan 2015

Choosing Image Management Software

My good friend and fellow genealogist Judy Webster has started the new year with some resolutions about organizing her research using a “source-based incremental fix,” rather than a giant do-over approach. Makes sense to me!

Choosing Image Management SoftwareOne of her steps is choosing image management software to better organize her family photos. This is an essential step, and one that I cover in more detail in my e-book, Cataloging Family Photographs & Records.

But let’s take a look in this blog post as some of the software options.

Image management software is used by genealogists to:

  • Create high-resolution master scans
  • Edit photos to resize, crop, and alter master digital files
  • Make changes to many photos with a batch edit
  • Add information to digital images using metadata
  • Search for images and retrieve them using keywords
  • Use special functions, such as creating albums, employing facial recognition or adding GPS linking

Adobe Photoshop is the leader in this category, but it’s extremely expensive and complex to use. It also has a lot of sophisticated features geared to graphic designers that genealogists will probably never need or learn to use. So an alternative to Photoshop is a good idea.

Fortunately there are several lower-cost image management applications available that are easier to use. Alternatives to Photoshop include:

  • Photoshop Elements ($80-$100) – think of it as Photoshop Lite. Has powerful image editing capabilities, including GPS and facial recognition; easier to use than Photoshop but still has a learning curve. Many free tutorials available. Also has scanning feature. Mac or Windows. A 30-day demo is available for download by clicking here. Tip: Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop Elements every year, usually with only small changesbetween versions. The current version of the software is 13. Earlier versions are available for sale online at big discounts.

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4 Jan 2015

Finding Historic Newspapers Online

Today’s post is about finding historic newspapers online through the Rural West Initiative, a project of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

This project combines visuals and data to create an interactive map of the growth of U.S. newspapers from 1690 through 2011. The map combines population estimates from NASA with information from Chronicling America, the historic newspaper database at the Library of Congress. Data visualization is credited to Dan Chang, Krissy Clark, Yuankai Ge, Geoff McGhee, Yinfeng Qin and Jason Wangby of the Rural West Initiative.

The Growth of Newspapers Across the U.S.: 1690-2011” is highly interactive and I urge you to experience the map directly by clicking here. The map also offers filters for languages and publication frequency help customize results.

The topmost image illustrates papers available in 1790, with results by title for the town of Litchfield, Connecticut, at the lower left of the […]