Google Earth Before a Cemetery Trip
Although its fun to play with on its own, Iâ€™ve recently discovered how useful Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/) can be in cemetery research, and in preparing for visits. Aside from just finding how to get to a cemetery, the satellite photos are great for zooming in to maximum detail. Images can be printed to bring with and use as a guide map when traversing confusing cemetery grounds. I mark the locations of found ancestors and make notes of locations where Iâ€™ve seen related surnames that need more investigation later. Itâ€™s the next best thing to a plot layout when the cemetery doesnâ€™t have one available.
In using censuses, although rare, you can sometimes find people using initials in place of given names, especially if the person is an apprentice, patient, or prisoner.
Leaving out all names and using place names also works. I found a Smallpage family quite by chance as the index listed them as Sinallfoge, and only the correct place name with nothing else, turned up this family.
It is trickier in the 1841 census, where my Greathead family continue to have amazing variations in interpretation, â€œGer*â€ and â€œCre*â€ being two search alternatives under which I found them.
Screen Photography Tips
Niki Moore provided a good tip when suggesting that a library monitor screen can be photographed to save the data rather than using the library printer (http://www.ancestry.com/s23560/t7842/rd.ashx).
However, if it is an older monitor, and if you are using a film camera, the shutter speed should be set to 1/30 of a second to match the scan rate of the monitor. As well, the use of a flash should be avoided since the burst of light could be reflected by the screen and the photo wouldn’t “take.”
Before shooting, check for reflections from overhead lights (or of yourself) on the screen,Â so that the picture is as clear as possible.
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