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.Â If you are having difficulties getting a usable scan, you may want to try your webcam.Â This may also be true of your digital camera, but I haven’t tried that yet.Â
I downloaded Picasa from Google.Â It is free and it works great on old photos.Â It works great on light census records also.Â I think that it is a lot easier to use than other programs Iâ€™ve tried.Â
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!Â 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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