• Alabama on My Mind – Archive Photos

    Jul 19

    Was the state of Alabama a place of residence for any of your ancestors, then you will want to check out the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History Digital Collections. Of special interest is the Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection. This large image collection has over 15,000 pictures, illustrations and photographs relating to Alabama ove...


  • Send Free Vintage Postcards as e-cards

    Jul 8

    The site has recently added a very nice feature -- one where you can send from their collection a free vintage postcard as an e-card to anyone with an email address. I just sent a birthday e-card today for my cousin, who turns 70 years old today. It is not just birthday postcards available, but a large range of postcards. At the turn ...


  • Make a Neat Gallery of Words / Names

    May 7

    A fun activity you can do by yourself or with the family is a gallery in different shapes and sizes all containing a collection of names, words, events, etc -- whatever you select. The online site Tagxedo helps you create an interesting design and you put what you want in it. You can select different fonts and colors. Experiment with it. Start wi...


  • It’s the Summer of 1925

    Apr 29

    You now have the opportunity to step back in time to the summer of 1925. Not really but at least through the popular magazines of that year. Your mother-grandmother-great grandmother (plus aunts, fathers, uncles and cousins) would have had the opportunity if they were young adults, teens or older adults to read the articles and certainly look over ...


  • New York Philharmonic Images

    Apr 15

    You might think, there really is such a collection? Yes, a large collection of photos of conductors and performers over the decades has now become digital and online. However, not just photos but most of the sheet music and programs performed by the orchestra. The Digital Archives of the New York Philharmonic features images, programs, scores, p...


  • Go From Image to Text

    Feb 3

    Have a jpg or pdf image of an old genealogical record (Bible, journal, newspaper, court document, property records, etc) that is hard to read? Assuming the text is not handwritten (which is beyond the capability of computer software), it should be possible to convert the image to computer-readable text using what is known as Optical Character Reco...


  • Brooklyn, NY Made Digital

    Oct 22

    Are you from Brooklyn, did you have relatives who lived or worked in Brooklyn, New York? Seeing it has been a large community for decades, it is very possible you do have one or more ancestors from Brooklyn. It is one of the five boroughs of New York City with a population now of about 2.5 million in a land area of about 71 square miles. With the ...


  • Ancestral Writings on Useful Items

    Sep 18

    Within a family there can be some unusual and even amazing keepsakes or handwritten memorabilia. Of course you scan the item and / or take photographs to help preserve what the family heirloom looked like for future generations. Many of these treasured items are displayed in cabinets and bookcases. Some have to be so protected, they need to be wr...


  • Public Domain Photos

    Aug 25

    Need some images of a hometown, a historic region, a view of a homeland, of a farm, or city? Using the following public domain photo sites will help located and allow you to download needed images to make your family history complete. For example, you found that your parents came down to the Ft. Lauderdale / Miami area in 1940 or 1941 on vacatio...


  • Historic Photos

    Aug 11

    No better way to understand and appreciate the times our ancestors lived then through photos. The saying 'the picture is worth 1,000 words' is true. Whether it was during a historic events such as the Civil War or the Great Depression, images can speak volumes of what life might have been like for a great grandfather. The web site, 'Documentari...