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  • Hints for Scanning Photos

    Jul 17

    To save in the digital format you need to do it right. If using a flatbed scanner, before beginning check that the glass surface is clean, no dirt, dust or marks, those would show up on the digital photos. Clean often (dry microfiber cloth) if scanning old photos that are starting to come apart. Before scanning a group of photos, the same thing...

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  • ID Civil War Photos

    Jul 9

    You might be one of the fortunate family history researchers who has a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I'm saying a photo of them in uniform either just before they entered, during service or immediately after discharge. You might have photos of that ancestor years later, but it is just not the same as...

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  • No Photo – Try This!

    May 25

    You may have not photos of any type for some of your ancestors, especially those who lived in the 1600s-1700s and into a good portion of the 1800s, when there were no cameras. But what many people did was have a silhouette done. That is an outline all in black of their facial, hair and head to shoulders. True, it is not the same as a photo but...

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  • Clues from Family Photos

    May 21

    Using old family photographs just might provide important clues to our ancestors’ lives. Sometimes you think just having a photo of your great grandmother is enough but you might have overlooked some clues in that photo to better date the photo and to provide personal information. You might learn what they liked or what their jobs were...

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  • Photos from Family Hometowns on eBay

    May 19

    You might be checking eBay listings for any photos available relating to your family lineage. If you locate some you have scored a major hit. However, how about also searching on eBay for photos of the family hometown – any time frame. Many people did keep photo albums of either postcards or photos they took or purchased of their hometo...

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  • Ideas for Scanning Family Photos

    May 15

    Having your family photos digitized is more relevant than ever due to the hurricanes and natural disasters that might strike anyone – anytime. If pictures are scanned and uploaded to the cloud, placed on a disc, flash drive or external drive and placed in a safe location you can save those photos for decades. Remember to get scanned negativ...

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  • Newspapers Across the States

    May 11

    Using vintage or even more current or recent newspapers from home states and counties of your ancestors are very invaluable. Especially decades ago, it was very common in medium-sized and smaller towns and counties to place all types of information in the newspaper about its citizens. Never pass up checking neighboring counties or areas th...

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  • Do Not Let This Happen

    Mar 31

    The family collection of vintage photos is very valuable and not replaceable. Yet, you may think you are caring for these treasure family photos when in truth you may be letting anyone of the following damaging events happened right now to those photos / slides / negatives. Review the list and make sure you do not let this happen. Keep away from e...

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  • FamilySearch.org Photos

    Mar 25

    Another often overlooked resource for photos of family members is the FamilySearch.org Memories. Someone could have posted a vintage photo for their family tree and there just might be a tie-in to your family. Once you are signed in to FamilySearch.org, you can do a search on your ancestor’s name or surname by clicking on “Find” in the toolb...

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  • You Are Not Living Your Grandparents’ Lives

    Mar 17

    As you put together stories and points of interest about your ancestors, especially your grandparents and great grandparents, a good comparison to add were their daily life events that were very common for your ancestors to do that you today have no concept or experience in. It does help future generations see how life has changed and some things ...

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