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SUGGESTIONS FOR GENEALOGY WORK
Met a couple from Colorado (Sigvaldsons were from Longmont, CO), and talked about scanning. Decided to list some steps or should I say miss-steps taken along my genealogical learning curve. Mind you, I am still a novice at this whole business. Do not even use std. genealogy methods, yet have many successes, as shown my large number of family now found. Only my ability with Graphic Design makes this website shine, along with contributions from cousins in the U.S., Canada and Iceland, and others, like Kommi, Nonni, and Vern, and some dates from N. Gerrard, and R. Eyford.
There are literally hundreds of How To websites to gleen techniques on Genealogy.
This document on Icelandic Genealogy Research (PDF) found Oct 2013 might be of use to some.
Many Forms available at FamilySearch.org Genealogy Research Forms, one of my favorite resources.

JUMP TO A TOPIC BELOW
FILES vs. BINDERS WEB SITE SCAMMERS

FILE FOLDERS & ICONS
PHOTOS Teleportation

ONLINE RESEARCH
GENEALOGY DATABASE
FAMILY SOCIAL NETWORKS VOICE RECORDINGS Trips to Archives, Societies, Libraries, Museums, and Cousins
FAMILY FORUM RESOURCES  



ORIGIN OF Christopherson.net
Roy started out with a few pages on his grandparents, the Einarsons. You will not see any templates and few style sheets (CSS) applied to this site (this will change as the latest Adobe Suite of progams is now at Roy's fingertips, with one page to be template to others, utilizing HTML5, CSS3, and FancyBox), as it has been a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants venture. While it looks more polished and consistent now, Roy started with just a couple pages, you could do the same. CSS styles are used in old copy of Dreamweaver 8, which helps now with formatting text. Best to learn about CSS if creating web pages. While many export long, long reports on all the generations, Roy always felt photos and graphics would bring more interest to related families and visitors, and memories of family now gone, alive again.

Here is a static image of what I believe was my 1st page for this website here. This was after creating a very large Celebrity site back around 1997. It takes time to build up.

FILES vs. BINDERS
I have used both ways, and more computer file folders than the real thing. I started out using binders. It does get out of control. Files seem the way to go. Whatever works for YOU. After years of research, I am reviewing how others do Organization and looking over Color Code systems. Possibly to apply online. See the Family Tree page here for the first implementations [dropped this idea].

FILE FOLDERS & ICONS
I changed my main genealogy folder icon to the tree.
Top 23 #027: Customizing the Five Windows Folder Templates by Barry J. Ewell

ONLINE RESEARCH
There are plenty of books and free resources on this topic. Addressing only one here, that of Using a Browser to do genealogy research.
Have spent hundreds of thousands of hours scouring the Internet for that one extra lead. Find one census, it gives locations, which might extend the family back or forward. Before you know it, many tabs are open with new or altered search criteria.
Using Mozilla Firefox on Win 8. Usually have one window open with 20-100+ tabs open.
A resource hog, usually results in crashing every few days. Mouse does not affect the page, it goes blank. BOOM, you've lost it all.
Usually Firefox will ask to Restore. Once in awhile some install window will come up first, and lose all that research.
Sure, one could bookmark every Google Search, a better was is using an Add-On called Session manager, and Tab Mix Plus for Tab Groups (Link). Article on it. Far right Menu has a drop-down to Add on and search for them.
I try and close tabs up, or back up. FamilySearch.org is always pinned to show on "open new tab"
Going to try and do a daily overwrite in Session Manager with just a group of tabs called Daily. I never seem to get back to previous days tabs saved.

FAMILY SOCIAL NETWORKS as OPPOSED TO A FULL WEBSITE
Another option is to use Facebook, if you don't mind them sharing with the NSA. Or Google+, if you don't mind them actually being funded by the NSA (Search showing proof). As of June 2013, here are some Family Social Networks at this Blog. Read the Privacy Policies VERY carefully. You might find many in your family...
a.) have no time for this,
b.) have privacy concerns,
c.) find it all too complicated.
Roy has connected with 45 relatives via FaceBook only because that is what they use. A closed private group was created (CSES News), although only 10 joined voluntarily. Now up to about 20.
Most people are just too busy or young to deal with genealogy.
Proved that any photo uploaded to FB and then downloaded will have most of a Photographers Copyright metadata (Photoshop > File Info) stripped out, and file name is changed to FB's assaigned numbers.

FAMILY FORUM
Having investigated many options, still have not found one. Using TNG in a password-protected folder might work. FTP is not that secure, yet it does keep Google from stealing photos. If on Godaddy hosting, one could install Joomla (CMS) and one of the Forums. Problem is, it is open to spamming. None will be 100% spam-proof. There are additional add-ons, to reduce spam, I just do not have time to manage a forum on a daily basis. One option is to get a family member to Administer it. To date, I have no family with time, this leads back to the Family social nework previously mentioned.
Having a way for family to connect with you and more importantly, each other, especially new cousins, enhances the family website. Publicly adding a new born infants photo, or what someones illness is, which might be seen by an employer is just wrong. Sharing in a semi-secure way the babies photo and that Uncle Joe is not well, is one way to go.
Have not found a solution yet, my search continues for the best balance. Looking at TNG (below) and Familycrossings.

WEB SITE

To me, a single vintage forgotton family photo or a single page of text created outlining the family Generations is enough. Since I am 3/4 Icelandic, my problem is having TOO much historical information. Keep in mind demands for time. I started out with the Einarson Family Page, which until recently went unchanged for years. Beneath the surface of this website is roughly 23,133 Files, 787 Folders @ 900mbs. It is hosted on Godaddy (GD), which is good for Domain names, yet many do not like their way of doing business. I considered Hostgator to host (serve up all the web pages and photos), except they were just bought out and worse service than GD, atleast for the time being. This site stoppped working at GD only a couple times in the past decade.

Switched to Siteground in 2015. Consistent User interface, lots of add-on options, 3 Plans.

Thanks to a web design program, Dreamweaver, and now Adobe Muse, it is managable. I do not miss the days using Frontpage. Apple discontinued their web program. I was a beta user of Freeway for the Mac, and except for bloated HTML code (using Invisible GIFs as spacers), I liked the program. On version 11?
Break your main links into folders. Have one page named index.html or index.htm in each folder. Just use one file name extension or the other throught the site, which is not the case in mine. "BE CONSISTENT". This way browsers will automatically go to the Index page with only the URL and folder names (pathway). These are two basic rules I overlooked at the start. While default.html will work, the Index... is more commonly used.

PHOTOS
Consider today, you may only have a handful of photos. What if you reach 7,000, or 13,000?
Most scanning programs that come with scanners like Epson automatically number each scan. I tried a few variations on cataloging. Many institutions like the Latter Day Saints use more sophisticated sub-groups of numbers. I simply started with 0000 and now surpassing 8,000 myself. Avoid odd letters and symbols, and spaces. I use underscores to separate parts, and decimals between names.Tested a Comma and it took. Commas are a std. separator in databases.


Numbering and File Names see Nomenclature

The following link is here as a One Stop digital conversion service, this is NOT an endorsement, just a possible resource for those that do not want to do-it-yourself.
http://www.scanmyphotos.com/

Scan a photo at 300dpi in TIFF/TIF file format with a 1/4" extra space past the main image
. This is especially important. Lets say you visited a relative, they allowed you to scan a 100 year old photo. God forbid, it burns up. You only scan inside the border or edging. Did that photo have round corners? Photographer stamps also tell a tale. Sometimes a 1910 vs. 1940s border may date the photo. Also the back if notations or markings. Many 1910 postcards had variable printing which may help with identifying mfg, or date it. If these remain in your possesion, and God forbid you never have a fire, skip scanning backs. I scan so I do not touch the photo again...with white photographer gloves, especially if written on, like names/places/dates. Never write on them..

If visiting relatives and making copies from family albums, consider a camera or cell phone with camera , especially as back up, yet quicker to take many snaps vs. scans. Problem is, later on one you really want was out of focus. This happened many times with my Samsung S4. Mount to a Book Stand (tripod) or double check them after taking for blurring. Have good even light with no reflections on image. On a trip to B.C., Roy took 1,000 camera snapshots of family photos and the city sights. During the trip on a 2GB SD card in a 8 mega-pixel Cell Phone. Consider buying a 16GB 2-Pack or compatible memory card. Also if photographing at say a relatives house, try to review each photo after taken for blurry, etc.. if hand holding the smartphone. That could never be said enough.

MOBILE SCANNER
Here is another product; Flip-pal Scanner. If traveling to relatives houses to scan family photos, this might work without disturbing the photo or mountings. Does not work unless against the photo (i.e. blurs if above glass). Disclaimer: In no way do I endorse this product. It has NO AC power, nor USB direct connect, and the mfg. states an optional AC Charger and plug-in is not necessary. Sony Walk-Mans had an optional AC Adapter (See below).

That said, it comes the closest Roy has seen to a small lightweight scanner, which could be laid down upside down (what would be required of a standard stand-alone desktop scanner).
Quality? Check at Amazon. keep in mind, many libraries, Historical centers, and Hall of Records do not allow anything except pencil and paper. Check ahead of visiting them.
If you come across similar with sturdy construction with the bells noted missing above, let Roy know. Contact Form here..

Flipscanner
flipscan
Flip-pal Scanner


REVIEW Of Flip-pal Scanner
And now, here is my review.
I remember a scanner by a university in testing called a "Rocky Mountain scanner" and bet this was the flip-pals proto-type? A flip-pal scanner was taken to Manitoba, and used in a Cafe/Restaurant on the go, relatives house on the couch while having Icelandic Dessert and coffee, and later on books making those much easier to get a good scan, eliminating awkward holding over a traditional flatbed scanner, makes this a must-have for on-the-go scanning

Suggest 1st time users double-check the LCD view screen to confirm they did not scan from the wrong side resulting in finding out later it is blank, or better yet load on laptop to review, time permitting. Take your time scanning. Think where the LCD is at when flipping between using like a normal scanner or scanning a book (using upside-down).
Logically one would not want to plug this in according to the mfg. Roy disagrees with that. Even to the point of considering converting it to rechargable batteries and rewiring it, which is possible to do. Mfg. has NO plans to ever offer an AC version.
Recommend putting in std. batteries. Rechargables were used. They died like after 100 photos, and the back up batteries, and charger was stupidly left at some hotel room. Luckily my cousin's husband, Gordon came through in a pinch. If a 36 year old Walkman CD player (1979) could have an optional charger, so could this unit! Wake up Flip-pal company and get with the 21st century! If right next to a wall plug, heck, why not have it conserve the batteries for when in a place with no convenient power. Even recharge rechargable batteries.

Beyond that, the quality was very good and it worked as advertised. The company even reshipped a new one the day it arrived due to a small piece of dust internally (did not feel like opening it or voiding any warranties). The stitch software worked good if scanned according to their instructions. Only wish it supported Drag N Drop, and remembered last folder opened.
Adobe Photoshop CC's PhotoMerge under (File>Automate) works great too...if one owns the program. Carry lots of batteries, maybe 1 set STD. ones and rechargables & charger, a back up SD card. These are so cheap now and you never know how many unexpected photos might come your way. Card comes with it does hold a lot of photos. And don't forget to keep the card with the scanner if leaving for a trip or worse leave the card and scans in some relatives computer in a distant locale. The lid takes a bit to remove and could possibly have better more solid release. There are lots of reviews online. This has been my 2 cents worth.

Another option is a wireless card: Eyefi Mobi 8GB SDHC Class 10 Wi-Fi Memory Card. Mentioned in this article. There would have to be a certain amount of power drain from the card on the batteries.
Enjoy.

UPDATE: DEC 2017 Flip pal still has no Pwr option.

LED scanners are better than Cathode-Ray tube ones (old). Warm up faster and lighter Test and examine your first scans.
Good hand scanners are hard to find. There was a WAND one a few years ago yet disappeared. I do not recommend those! You could scratch a 100 year old original photo.

MASTER SCAN-HI RES & NOMENCLATURE
Tagging photos with Keywords is a requirement. Consider creating a folder 0000-0999 or 00000-00999. Hold just under 1,000 scanned images. Add a file name like this; IMG_0001_SCAN_tom.dick.harry_smith, or IMG_0002_SCAN_JUN.1910_winnipeg.
In my scanner software settings look like this:
FILE NAME PREFIX: IMG_
START NUMBER: 0001
Create a catalog system and DO NOT LOSE IT. One problem is, after awhile one will gather many resources of a variety. For example, I would find a family member listed 20 years ago on a web page. Save the page and assign it a number. If referencing that page it might look like HL_0038_WEB_norway_files. I lost my catalog system list when moving and forgot what HL stood for. Keep in mind you might be passing all this along to the next generation.
This will keep all of the images in numbered order.

Roy found out by trial and error that it should be Type (Scan, Photo from Cell Phone/Camera, or Web Page, etc), gets too complicted not having each source numbered and only one number. Roy adds same number and "_Back" or a, b, c, d if a variation or a group like Letter pages 1 -15, back of postcards, or at 100% in size with border. Use what works for you!

SCAN=Type of image, alternative could be PHOTO if taken by a cell phone. This way, if I make a scan of a photo taken, will replace with the scan, as photo mught be fuzzy, lower res, blurry or plain crap, yet better than nothing cause my scanner died and had a Cell Phone handy.

If I retouch a master scanned TIFF file, will save a copy with the same name and add IMG_0001_SCAN_tom.dick.harry_smith_adj (adjusted, or BACK (of photo), or SIZE, or ZOOM/CROP (of just faces for I.D.). Many photos may only be 2 x 3"s.
On avg, I scan to 8 inches. 6,000 master scans has equalled about 1 Terrabyte on a 3TB hard drive. Have a back up hard drive and maybe even a BU to the back up at another families house, in case of theft or fire.

Next step is to keyword (Tag) using PhotoShop File Info command under File or easier is PhotoShop Elements or the old PS Album, or Lightroom, Picasa 3 (Free), or others, by adding TAGS to each photo. Tags are Keywords. Keyword by family last name or branch, locations, by person first name, etc. Unfortunately most tags will not be embedded into the image and lost if moved. Have folders starting with GENEALOGY_Photos_0001 to 1000, etc.. Whatever works for you!
Here is an example of Roy's files.
GENEALOGY >
CENSUS, CONTACTS, DOCUMENTS, EMAIL, FAMILY TREES, LETTERS, MAPS, NEWSPAPER,
PHOTOS>PHOTOS_KeepPrivate, PHOTOS_JPEGS, PHOTOS_MASTER,
OBITS, PDFS, PROJECTS, RECORDS, REPORTS, RnD (Research and development),
VIDEO, VOICE (family voice recordings-most smart phones are capable of acting as one-with their permission to record), WEB PAGES, WEB PHOTOS.


LO RES FOR SLIDESHOWS/E-Mailing
Next step: Have developed the habit of taking the 300 dpi scan in Photoshop, then reduce image to 96dpi (dots per inch) and Save to Web and compress down to about 87k. I DO NOT SAVE THE PHOTO! After Saving to Web, I close the TIFF file AND DO NOT SAVE. Alternative would be to copy originals, yet this complicates matters with duplication.
You go too low in Quality, the image will degrade. Have folder named GENEALOGY_JPEGS. These come in handy to quickly look over images. Once you recognize a family member, they will start popping up in other photos.
If I spend enough time retouching or adjusting, cropping, I will save "As a Copy" adding adj or retouched.
6,000 Jpegs = about 600mb.

How to Preseve Photos (About.com)

How to share photos Peer to Peer (you and uncle joe). Was using Dropbox and now plan to investigate Bitorrent Sync, as they say, they do not copy the data to any other servers
than Peer to Peer. Jury is still out on this one. Bitorrent review.

TELEPORTATION
Wouldn't it be cool if one could teleport over to their cousin's distant house, to look at old vintage photos of the family. We all have small pieces of our ancestors puzzle by way of photo albums, letters, and family lore.
Not quite at Star Trek level yet with our very own Transporter, but consider this possibility I thought up May 2015...Skype PhotoTeleportation

I rarely use Skype - do think it's great program.
Envisioned a relative with a family album of 30 to 100 year old photos. Who has time to scan a whole album, and send off to a relative. Nobody.
Share your album via Skype! USB WebCams are dirt cheap these days. Tablets and Smartphones are coming with two-sides having Cameras.
Just because you have photos of Unknown Family or Friends, does not mean someone else in the family, or elsewhere could not identify them. One example, my cousin had photos of the unknown Lapham family. I had photo of a husband, Geo. Pratt. Those unknowns are now identified. Sadly, even some of our ancestors did not take the time to add captions to those family albums of long ago. Is it of family or just a friend?

Just keep in mind not to jostle the camera around, so party on the other end does not feel like they are on a roller coaster. Covering the lens (finger?) would black it out when repostioning the camera.

Nothing beats access to the original photo, or a 300dpi resolution digital scan of the photo. As they say, something is better than nothing.

One could flip through an album while on Skype, with the camera pointing at the album. It would be just like sitting in the room with the relative in another Province, State, or Country! New update came out 6/19/2015.
Built-In WebCams would be trickier to see what your pointing at, as newer photos could have a Glare. You would want to see what the person on the other end is seeing.
Using an old laptop built-in webcam would be near impossible. Not with a USB one though. Using a Smartphone with the front camera would allow you to see what the other end sees.Two camera phones have a Switch button to switch between cameras. Make the Skype call, tell them your intentions, switch to front camera, aim at the album - Viola show each page, then full frame with each picture, and move to next photo.
Other option is connect an 8MegaPixel or highest you could afford, via USB into laptop or Desktop PC. Skype Vid Resolution? Maybe find some type of tripod, or stand to stabilize the webcam. Some cameras include Stabilization software to minimize any shaking. Now 4k cameras are hitting the market. Buy highest resolution because, garbage in, is garbage out.

Did you know you could record a Video/Audio of a Skype Call? This would enable one or both parties to rewatch the Skype Call, view the album with others, and take Vid-screen Captures of each photo. Providing the one showing the album does a good job positioning the camera on each photo.
Windows has a built-in Print Screen to save the screen image to the clipboard, from the video. Then paste into program like Photoshop of Gimp. Key command is usually FN (Function Key) and Print Scr Key.
I use Gadwin Print Screen with options to save direct to hard drive, then could be attached in E-Mail.
Would be best to have the camera and album parallel to each other, full frame of the whole page, which would show the photos grouping in the album, then move in to close-up shot of each photo. Cannot say it enough, lights in the room might create a glare on one or more photos.

No Recorders are built-in to Skype (bought out, so not sure now). You could get an Add-On. There are a couple recorders http://www.supertintin.com/ and http://www.evaer.com/ Also there is Pamela or VodBurner. This would share the whole album in a few minutes, and highlight photos of interest to scan, and send later. You could even send album owner screen caps of the photos that they might scan for you. Forum talks more on the Pros & Cons of these apps.

NEW: NY Times article: Advice-on-how-to-preserve-your-photos-records-videos-and-online-media
Hmm, article incomplete, here is the important page, Jags at NY TImes will fwd this page to another within a minute, to read, click the Back Button when it goes to other web page, or do a Save As, or copy the text to read Tips on Archiving Family History, Part 2


JALBUM (Slideshow Albums)
A great program that automatically does all of the above, except scanning, is called Jalbum. Basically a slide show creator for free, yet it will create thumbnails and optomized Jpegs at lightning speed. You are probably asking why do I do all above instead of just using Jalbum. One word: CONTROL. I try to optimize each image to maximize recognition of family members by other branches. Many on the Clan pages were identified by my cousins! Also I did not know about Jalbum in 2006 til recently.

Here is a nice list of 100 photo sharing services. Do not recommend any! Do use DropBox on large files, yet most of not all of these services are not secure. If you leave your photos on Facebook, Google+, etc., they will eventually own them, unless one deletes it all before they die. Heard of photos of family members being sold off for Ads in other countries. Why hire a model to endorse some hotel if you could get faces for free, and put whatever you like as a caption. Yet to find the best solution to photo sharing. Here is a great example of why not to use online could services or photo sharing. It could be sold for $2,499 and who is to say where the new owner will keep the old terms of conditions in place?

VR
I would predict, if VR or Virtual Reality does not die out, and becomes common, two relatives at distances could don a VR HMD Headset, and "virtually" go through an album. If it could...ah, not gonna give away my idea. Want it, let me know.

GoDaddy PHOTO ALBUM
GoDaddy offers a Photo Album, yet beware, read the fine print or you may be giving away all your families photos, or any content in the album, even if Pass-worded!
Some of the fine print:
"...You shall retain all of Your ownership or licensed rights in Your User Content. However, by uploading User Content to Photo Album, You authorize Go Daddy to use the intellectual property and other proprietary rights in and to any and all User Content to enable inclusion and use of the User Content in the manner contemplated by Photo Album and this Agreement. Accordingly, You hereby grant Go Daddy a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, ..."
Oh, that is enough for me not to use this service. Even when they do a server back up, they could keep it forever, long as it is considered a back up and to where?
Most of the fine print does apply to evil people doing eveil things.
Yet such is the Internet, as Google Gobbles Up the World! They already have a copy of this whole website. Then they resell it down the road and make a profit.

XMP
So you have to organize all those digital photos. Roy found the exact term now used. References as "Tagging", it is XMP. or Extensible Metadata Platform. Used in Photoshop Elements and other programs. While not instant, it does stay with the image file.

Photoshop Elements 10
While the Tagging works to quickly add people's names to photos by creating Tags, then dragging and dropping the Tag onto photo(s). The Export to Album was a REAL disappointment. In other words, possibly a complete waste of money.
If Tag [XMP] is embedded into the photo Jpeg file and Jalbum could import it, might all work out OK. Update: Oct 31, 2012 jAlbum now suppots embedded tags allowing simple Tagging by Surname/Persons name using Adobe, as jAlbums process is not simple. Having decided upon using FotoSlides Template in jAlbum, it will show all the work done while Tagging, yet output a much more beautiful album.

GENEALOGY DATABASE
Ancestry offers free Lineage/branch blank forms. If you go past a few, invest in a good Family Genealogy Database program to enter each family member, facts and details, notes and sources (citations). Roy has surpassed 5,000 and those are just great grandparents, not 4th cousins or siblings. They add up quickly if bitten by the history bug. Roy uses Family Tree Maker 2014 (read this before wasting your money!).
Warning from a user online: "Although I find Ancestry.com to be very useful for research, their data handling policies are atrocious. I got burned by Ancestry in 2004 when they acquired Rootsweb.com. Although they promised--and followed through on, BTW--to keep the data free and available without a subscription, they also 'Hoovered' all of the data, of all of the Rootsweb member databases, into OneWorldTree. They did this without informing Rootsweb members of what they intended to do. And then to make matters worse, Ancestry removed all source citations, erasing the pedigree of the data--effectively committing mass plagiarism. That data now exists behind Ancestry's paywall, as will any data that one adds to an online Ancestry tree.
I consider myself fortunate that much of my data has changed--become more accurate--but having thousands of hours of work plagiarized in this manner still chaps my hide." Bill

Before signing up for Ancestry.com's Mundia website read this Blog discussing the fine print. 17 Dec 2013 — In light of Ancestry's acquisition of Findagrave,com, I will not post anything there. The gravestones will remain on this website. What a shame.
2016: Bladerunner meets reality - Imagine how many Corporations are buying up and killing other genealogy sites and software. Ancestry is at the top of this heap munching down and spitting out websites of great value (genealogy.com), and they even contact me, I am guessing to try and persude me to take down what is above. Now they have BOUGHT & KILLED my genealogy database program (FTM)! These corps have "bought out" our government officials and there is no longer oversight of excessive buy-outs. I have other page on Political Rants.
Just be wary who keeps your DNA, family data and other personal data, it just might be bought up tomorrow.

The Next Generation V.9 genealogy software: Roy is investigating using this under the Surname page. Already have Domain and Hosting which are a factor.
At around $30, and we are too far down the road to use this, as it gives a full blown genealogy website.
If starting out, take a look at them.

Read 80% of this wiki page on "Marriage of Cousins". EVERY person doing genealogy, especially Americans should read this! More common than you were taught by Relligion and TV Wiki

"Without pedigree collapse, a person's ancestor tree is a binary tree, formed by the person, the parents (2), the grandparents (4), great-grandparents (8), and so on. However, the number of individuals in such a tree grows exponentially and will eventually become impossibly high. For example, a single individual alive today would, over 30 generations going back to the High Middle Ages, have 2^{30} or roughly a billion ancestors, more than the total world population at the time"

VOICE RECORDINGS
Brian helped me think of a new suggestion. A few could typewrite 100 per min., Roy's a hunt and peck kinda guy. Consider this
1. You own a Smartphone or someone else in the family has a voice recorder.
2. Using the included Voice Recorder app (min program usually free available for that specific phone (iPhone/Android), or research for a free Voice Recorder
App that has Settings options to reduce the size of file generated by reducing to 11khz which is fine for recording the voice of your relative with wonderful family stories, which will remain as long as the recording is preserved.
If you own an Android SmartPhone, here is one Free possibility One-Voice.

iPhone App... research pending

PC Users
QUOTE: "I'm not sure why it's not that well known, but for Windows 7 users there is a fabulous speech recognition application that comes free with the operating system."
Training req, 90% of the words that I spoke.
The application itself is found in the control panel under Ease of Access.
Go to Ease of Access, Click 'Use the Computer without Keyboard and Mouse', Click 'Use Speech Recognition, there you will find options to turn it on
While the tutorial is a bit long, it does work. Now to find app that could take an mp3 (voice recording) and convert to text.
Here's the link to how to set it up: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ch-Recognition.

Option 2: google voice.

Just posting this video of a Virtual assistant for Hank (next visit). Maybe in ten years would be very useful. Siri was bought by Apple. It is suppose to be supported and working in iOS6 in Fall 2012.

RESOURCES
Roy will post some sources from time to time here. Due to links by other websites, changing, dead links may not be working.
Roy does not like how Ancestry.com sucks one in to upload their whole tree, then requires subscription forever to access. Fine to charge for their databases..
Depending upon nationalities, Ancestry.com is good for research if you are willing to pay for a subscription. Good for beginners.
ALTERNATIVES
Cyndi's List
www.rootsweb.com owned by Ancestry.com
Iceland Records: Without a doubt, unless a citizen of Iceland, Halfdan Helgason's fantastic site; www.halfdan.is, is one of the best.
APR 2012: http://www.freefamilypages.com/
Iceland Records, even goes beyond halfdan's, yet may not be accurate: http://histfam.familysearch.org/getperson.php?personID=I78050&tree=Iceland

Maps and Icelandic Audio of PlaceNames are here.Most maps are NOT detailed nor do they show Farms, which covers Iceland. If you know of a better map or Present Vs. ancient PlaceNames, please E-Mail Roy.

Will not post many links as they usually just go bad. This was of interest rootschat with 18,000 members.

MAJOR GENEALOGICAL RECORD SOURCES IN ICELAND PDF by Latter Day Saints in Utah - Good research tips for Icelandic Family Research

SCAMMERS
Mytrees.com,
or KIndredKonnections

Genealogy Fraud

Trips to Archives, Societies, Libraries, Museums, and Cousins
Having now made two trips for this sole purpose, thousands of miles, guess I have something to say here.
Prepare!
One Ace up my sleeve is, most of my families public history is right here. Forget a relative's birth date, just look em up.

Most important is a Contact List if visiting more than one person or place.
Next is giving them as much notice of your arrival. Even better, schedule an exact date you will met the Librarian Archivist, or long lost cousin. Ask they break out the old family albums.
Regardless, you will no doubt find additional information you will not take in, which will result in a 2nd trip.


That is all I could think about. There are hundreds of Blogs and genealogy help sites. Just sharing my procedures .

Roy actuallly taught one art class to his neices school eons ago. Hope any of the "suggestions" are of help.
WebMaster of Christopherson.net

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