Scanning Multiple Photos
Scanning photos can take a lot of time. I learned to lay as many photos on the scanner glass as I can fit. I make one scan of them. Once it’s in my computer, I make one copy of the scan for each photo on the sheet. Once the copies are made, I crop each sheet to include just one photo. This does save oodles of scanning time.
California City, California
â€œPieces of Your Pastâ€ Project
My research has led me to find a great-grandfather who was murdered; one who drowned in a wash basin; a grandfather who never used his birth name; a Revolutionary War soldier; a great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War, and many other interesting items. There was so much info that my nieces and nephews really couldnâ€™t figure out who I was talking about at times. So, I came up with a simple project that I called â€œPieces of Your Past.â€
In Sept. 2007, I attended a welcome home party for my nephew who had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. I was talking to him about his great-great grandfatherâ€™s murder by a man who fell in love with his wife. I realized when talking to my nephew it is difficult for others to follow the big picture. Because of this, I decided to simplify things for them. For Christmas 2007, I prepared small booklets of each family memberâ€™s direct ancestors.
I selected the most distant relative in each line and used Family Tree Maker to print Relationship Charts from the most distant relative to the person I was preparing the booklet for. This gave a clear list, with photos, and identified the relationships. Then, I chose interesting tidbits about each of the direct ancestors from my Family Tree Maker notes and created a Word document with this brief information. I put the printed pages in protective sheets, put them in a small binder, added a personal note at the beginning, and made a cover. This is the project I call â€œPieces of Your Past.â€
The cover had jigsaw puzzle pieces from clip art on which I had added the surname of the branches of the family covered in the booklet. The recipient of the booklet had his/her name in larger type on one of the puzzle pieces. The result was a tailor-made book for each relative. It was a hit. I was told that many sat around and read their booklets on Christmas morning.
This year, I have made the pages for a branch of the family that I was unable to include last year because I lacked information. This way, each person can share in my recent discoveries of this part of the family and add a little bit more to the pieces of their past.
Record GPS Coordinates
Regarding locations of cemeteries, previous homes, etc. the best way, in my opinion, is to use a GPS and get the exact coordinates. With that information anyone today or in future generations will be able to locate and go directly to those places. GPS coordinates will save many people many hours of searching. Even when looking at maps online a researcher can get very close to the coordinates of an object.
Sherman N. Shell
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