Your Quick Tips, 16 June 2008

Check with Embassies
Through my genealogy research, I connected with some second cousins at a Danish castle this past week to celebrate a fiftieth birthday. One of the guests was of Swiss descent and stated that the Swiss Embassy had established a website for Swiss who were researching their roots. I’m not sure how many of these sites exist, but since people have to register with their embassy it might be a research avenue to pursue.

Karen Lakey

Re-coloring Images for Better Readability
I have been looking, without success, for the suggested yellow translucent poly file to decipher online documents. Today I used the AutoShape feature in Microsoft Word to draw a large rectangle. I clicked on “Format AutoShape” to fill the box with yellow and change the outer line from black to “no color.” Finally, I printed the box on a transparency.
 
I’ve had good luck making out faint or imprecise writing right there on the computer. Color, brightness, and contrast may be changed on the actual computer image of a document after moving it to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Capture an image by holding down the CTRL key and pressing the PRNT SCRN (Print Screen) key. Place your cursor in a blank document (with landscape orientation if necessary) and paste the image. You can enlarge the image further and crop it if necessary. Make sure to save at this point so mistakes are easily reversed. Right-click on the image and select “Format Picture.” In Microsoft Word 2007, you can now choose between “Recolor,” “Brightness,” and “Contrast” commands. These features are also available in other versions of Microsoft programs.
 
Joan Henshaw

AWJ Editor’s Note: I found the translucent poly files at my local Staples store. They typically come in a package with five or six different colors, but yellow seems to be particularly helpful in making images more readable. Here’s a link to their online store.

Catholic Given Names
According to a birth certificate, my oldest sister’s birth name was Alberta. Her baptism certificate indicated her name was Margaret Alberta. This was because the Catholic Church required that a saint’s name be included. She used both names growing up. During my early years I was confused at this and just lately, at her death, I realized what happened. Someone else may have had the same circumstances. I hope this helps.

Robert

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2 thoughts on “Your Quick Tips, 16 June 2008

  1. I’ve had some success using yellow plastic wrap. I put it over the monitor screen or the microfilm image.

  2. Pingback: Names on Baptismal Certificates — Random Ramblings

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