Ancestry Blog » Reference Desk http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry The official blog of Ancestry Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Something New To Try When Using Ancestry.com in the Libraryhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/03/20/something-new-to-try-when-using-ancestry-com-in-the-library/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=something-new-to-try-when-using-ancestry-com-in-the-library http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/03/20/something-new-to-try-when-using-ancestry-com-in-the-library/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:19:57 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=15610 Read more]]> Did you know that Ancestry.com is available for free in thousands of libraries in the U.S? You can’t create a tree, or post messages on message boards. You can’t sit in your jammies and work on your family (please don’t sit in your jammies in the library!). You can’t work until 3am in the morning. But you can view much of our great content.

image02But how do you get the content home?  You’ve found that census record that shows your great great grandma’s maiden name was Smith (it’s always something challenging like that, isn’t it?).

You could print it. But that usually costs you money. Not much, granted, but it adds up. And printers don’t always work. You could save it to a flash drive, but not all libraries allow that. What is an excited genealogist to do? Trust your memory? Ha!

Well, how about if you send it home and download or print it there? When you are on the record page, look in the left hand corner and you will see a “Send Document” button.

Click that, enter your email address and we will send you an email with a link to a Family Discoveries Page.

From there you can download the image and print the transcribed information.

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Want a quick demo?  Check out this Five Minute Find: Sending Documents Home from the Library for more details.

Happy Searching!

 

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What You Might Have Missed: January 6th Editionhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/01/06/what-you-might-have-missed-january-6th-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-you-might-have-missed-january-6th-edition http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/01/06/what-you-might-have-missed-january-6th-edition/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:56:34 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14135 Read more]]> Welcome to 2014! Before we dive into the new year, make sure you didn’t miss anything from the end of last year!

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Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus…http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/19/yes-virginia-there-is-a-santa-claus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yes-virginia-there-is-a-santa-claus http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/19/yes-virginia-there-is-a-santa-claus/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:16:29 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13951 Read more]]> I bet you’ve said the phrase before, or at least heard it: “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”

In 1897,  a little girl named Virginia wrote to the New York Sun asking if there was indeed a Santa Claus.  Her father told her that if the Sun says there is one, then there is one.

This reprint is from the Pampa News Post that ran on Dec 21, 1930 that I found on Newspapers.com:

 

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And the often reprinted answer from the Sun was a definite Yes!

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It is a message that has stood the test of these many years.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

And I hope Santa answers all of your genealogy wishes this year.

Happy Searching!

]]> http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/19/yes-virginia-there-is-a-santa-claus/feed/ 1 Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert!http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/17/preserve-your-photos-and-documents-like-an-expert/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=preserve-your-photos-and-documents-like-an-expert http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/17/preserve-your-photos-and-documents-like-an-expert/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:48:36 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13932 Read more]]> You’ve found that image or document that reveals a great story or confirms that missing clue you needed, and you want to make sure it is saved for generations to come.

What is the best way to save and preserve your images?

Lord Morpeth Roll 1I asked Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging here at Ancestry.com, and she shared these 5 tips:

  1. Think like an Archive. Archives think about how to preserve records and photographs for their patrons and posterity within a budget.  Digitization allows for multiple copies of the original that can be shared as well as stored, which allows you to store a master copy and make copies as needed.
  2. Future Use. Think about how you are going to find this particular picture or document in the future.  Putting metadata within the name of the image itself is the easiest way to find it in the future. You might put “Aunt Nancy Family Reunion 1982 picnic” as the name of the picture or “Death Certificate Benjamin Franklin Blansett 1912”.  By making the name the basic information you can then easily search and find it again. Then you can further organize the files by putting them in folder by event, family surname or by type of record, which will help make retrieval of this easier in the future.
  3. Digitize your records.  This can be done by using different types of equipment, but probably the easiest is a digital camera for most documents. Capture the document or picture as straight as possible when photographing, this avoids creating unwanted “artifacts” or spots on the image if you need to straighten it on your computer. Our Shoebox app is a great tool to use as well.
  4. Choose formats wisely. There are a lot of formats to choose from – JPEG and TIFF are the most common. Whichever you choose, make sure that you have the original copy someplace safe and then make a second copy which is the one you play with, send to others or upload for safe keeping to your family tree on Ancestry.  This second copy can be any file format you choose, including a PDF.  This makes it easy to share, send and upload.
  5. Anything is better than nothing! Lastly remember that anything you do now is better than nothing.

A little thought as you store your finds will save you a lot of angst later.

Happy Searching!

 

 

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What You Might Have Missed: December 16th Editionhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/16/what-you-might-have-missed-december-16th-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-you-might-have-missed-december-16th-edition http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/16/what-you-might-have-missed-december-16th-edition/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:33:06 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13898 Read more]]> The holidays are upon us.  With all that going on, you very well may have missed something good in the Ancestry.com world. Let’s review!

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What You Might Have Missed: December 9th Editionhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/09/what-you-might-have-missed-december-9th-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-you-might-have-missed-december-9th-edition http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/09/what-you-might-have-missed-december-9th-edition/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:29:40 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13776 Read more]]> The holidays are upon us.  With all that going on, you very well may have missed something good in the Ancestry.com world. Let’s review!

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What You Might Have Missed: December 2nd Editionhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/02/what-you-might-have-missed-december-2nd-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-you-might-have-missed-december-2nd-edition http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/12/02/what-you-might-have-missed-december-2nd-edition/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:53:12 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13596 Read more]]> Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday.  With all that going on, you very well may have missed something good in the Ancestry.com world. Let’s review!

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What You Might Have Missed: November 25 editionhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/25/what-you-might-have-missed-november-25-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-you-might-have-missed-november-25-edition http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/25/what-you-might-have-missed-november-25-edition/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:23:05 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13421 Read more]]> Where did last week go?  Here is what you might have missed around the Ancestry.com world.

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What We Might Have Missed: November 18th Editionhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/18/what-we-might-have-missed-november-18th-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-we-might-have-missed-november-18th-edition http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/18/what-we-might-have-missed-november-18th-edition/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:40:31 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13272 Read more]]> Where did last week go?  Here is what you might have missed around the Ancestry.com world.

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What You Might Have Missed: November 11th Editionhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/11/what-you-might-have-missed-november-11th-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-you-might-have-missed-november-11th-edition http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/11/what-you-might-have-missed-november-11th-edition/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:59:30 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13144 Read more]]> We are already into November — where did this year go?  Where did last week go?  Here is what you might have missed around the Ancestry.com world.

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