Your Quick Tips, 21 January 2008

Save Documents to Scrapbook in Your Genealogy Software
Here’s a really useful technique for quick retrieval of your documents. In the scrapbook portion of my genealogy program, I not only enter photos, but scanned images of documents, census records saved from Ancestry.com, obituaries, and whatever items I have. Each one then is always at my fingertips. If your photos aren’t saved in an FTM-compatible format, you may need a good photo-editing program you can use to save the picture in the correct format. I also keep all of my verbal and written correspondence notes in the Notes section of FTM, including who I received it from and when.

I have a very large hard drive, and I save all of my images in the highest level of resolution in the scrapbook. No longer do I say “Where did I put that marriage certificate or census record?” If you use the book feature of FTM, all of these images are available to you for insertion. Mind you, it takes forever to do it, but then I never have to rummage through all my files to find what I want.

Take care,
Jerry Wear

Leave No Stone Unturned
The addition of the passport database at Ancestry.com has already been a great help to me and I only searched one name. My maiden name is Leffler, which is rather uncommon, so that was all I used to search. There were several names that came up, but one was a John Ford Leffler, who was born in Shelbyville, Indiana, near where my family lived in the early to mid-1800s, so I read the information.

He turned out to be the son of Phillip Leffler, a brother to my great-great-grandfather, and I did not have much on this branch of the family. Now I have confirmation of his wife and two children. Using that, I did a census search and found two more children. It sure pays to leave no stone unturned when on a family quest. Thank you for all the information on Ancestry.com that is mine for about a half dollar a day.

Lora C.
Email: ashortnote@psbnewton.com
I am always glad to hear from Leffler descendants.

Getting Current Information “Corrected”
Several years ago I was in contact with an elderly family member genealogist. I was amazed on her up-to-date information. I asked her how she got so much information as I was having trouble getting information back from my relatives. She laughed and said that when she sent out a family sheet she added ten years to the woman’s age. They usually sent a correction right away. I have to admit, I’ve tried it, and it works rather well.

Joyce Frey

If you have a suggestion you would like to share with other researchers, send it to: mailto:juliana@ancestry.com . Thanks to all of this week’s contributors!

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2 thoughts on “Your Quick Tips, 21 January 2008

  1. “Getting Current Information Corrected” was the funniest and most fiendishly clever way of getting people to respond promptly I have ever heard. I’m still chuckling and wondering if I have the nerve to try it.

  2. This story got my day off to a great beginning. I can think of more than a few who will most probably respond if i use this method.

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