Your Quick Tips, 04 August 2008

Webcam for Scanning
While copying some old and faded pictures for a friend, I discovered that my webcam made a much better copy than my scanner.  If you are having difficulties getting a usable scan, you may want to try your webcam.  This may also be true of your digital camera, but I haven’t tried that yet. 
 
Karl Hammerle

Picasa
I downloaded Picasa from Google.  It is free and it works great on old photos.  It works great on light census records also.  I think that it is a lot easier to use than other programs I’ve tried. 

Delores Martin

Small-Town Newspapers
Readers should not forget to research those small town newspapers that are often filled with personal information that can be valuable to a genealogist. I recently found an item in a newspaper for my grandparents on 19 June 1911. The very short article said a baby had been born, died shortly after birth and was buried the same day. This information was printed in the paper the same day in the afternoon edition!  The article failed to mention the sex of the child. As far as I could determine there was no birth or death certificate or burial permit for this event.
 
John A. McCall

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One thought on “Your Quick Tips, 04 August 2008

  1. Karl Hammerle and Delores Martin definitely have the right idea. I’ve used a 4 megapixel digital camera for several years to copy documents. Works great when going to the courthouse or other archive sites. My brother introduced me to the trick using a 3 megapixel camera. Beats trying to get a decent copy on the copy machine. The resolution is better and more than one photo may accent different areas of a document. Just use a camera that has a macro (close-up) mode and allows disabling the flash. As Ms. Martin noted, a photo edit program can do wonders when trying to retrieve stuff out of the murk. Taking shots of documents that might be of interest later could save having to make an extra research trip.

    Maybe one of your experts could write an article on this. The photo editor helps also on cleaning up some of the older images on Ancestry and other sites. The newer online scans seem to be better due to the newer technology used.

    Thanks to Delores and Karl for bringing this to attention of the readers. Probably quite a number of readers have not yet explored these digital tools.

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