These Are a Few of My Favorite (Genealogy) Things that I mention in presentations before genealogy groups.

This post is a great way to go into depth on some of the finer points I’ve presented about scanning and organizing the results of family history research.

These Are a Few of My Favorite (Genealogy) Things:

Graphics or Image Management Software:

GraphicConverter, which has many of the functions of PhotoShop Elements, is a Macs only as a shareware program at

I have not used it personally, but Easy Graphic Converter looks similar and runs on all versions of Windows.

A bit more expensive but with more features and functionality is the home version of Photoshop from Adobe, called Photoshop Elements 15, available for Windows and Mac, ~$70-80.

Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides

Cataloging Digital Family PhotographsMy e-book on today’s topic, Sassy Jane’s Guide to Organizing Your Genealogical Research Using Archival Principles, is available here. More e-book guides in the Sassy Jane Genealogy Guide series are available at this link.

External Hard Drive:

Leading manufacturers of external hard drives include Seagate, Western Digital, and LaCie. I use as my desktop external hard drive for backups this external drive:


I have a scanner as part of a multi-function printer, but increasingly I use a small, lightweight, and very portable scanner I bought this summer for a research trip. It has all the functions of a desktop scanner.

Its portability makes it invaluable when visiting relatives, and it also works nicely set up in front of the tv so that you can scan while you watch tv:

The model I use is the Canon LiDE200 Color Image Scanner – ~$80 at Amazon.

Archival Supplies:

Hollinger Metal Edge is the leading supplier of genuine archival supplies. All of their products are very trustworthy.

I think you can see why These Are a Few of My Favorite (Genealogy) Things. Let me know what you think.