Labeling Electronic Images
When scanning in old family photos to share with the family, I add the information, such as name, place, and date, to the border of the print. I use an image editing program to do this. If the photo does not have a border, I create one. If a person wants to print the photo and does not want the information it is easy to crop off, but by keeping the label, the photo and identification will not be separated.
(The image here on the blogÂ is an example. Click on the image to enlarge it.)
External Hard Drive–Worth It
The cost of purchasing an external hard drive is out-weighed by the many hours, pictures, memories, and information that could be lost should your computer crash. I back up to both drives each time I work on my family tree. It is an inexpensive insurance policy.
I live in Ontario, Canada, where tracing my family’s pre-1870 ancestors can be a major challenge. I use cemetery transcriptions and photographs of grave markers online to help find names of spouses or location of deaths for a family. From the information found on grave markers, I can easily connect to area civil and church records. This virtual traveling has helped me to break down many brick walls.
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