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Create Better Pictures and Scanned Images By Dick Eastman
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Digital cameras are perhaps the most universal technology of today. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe own and use digital cameras - not bad for a technology that barely existed fifteen... More > years ago. In fact, you do not need to be an electrical or optics engineer to produce good pictures from a digital camera. You don't even need to own a computer, although a computer will allow you to accomplish a lot more than what you can do with just the camera alone. Most people use digital cameras like the old box cameras: point and click. Very few people spend the time to learn how to obtain the best pictures possible. Indeed, "point and click" works well; but, there is so much more that one can do.< Less
Genealogy Cruises Compared By Dick Eastman
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The year 2007 has seen three major genealogy cruises departing from North American ports. I was fortunate enough to be a participant on all three and decided to write a bit about my experiences. If... More > you are thinking about joining a future genealogy cruise, my experiences may help identify the best future cruise for you as well as for your traveling companions.< Less
Comment: Genealogy Cruises Versus Conferences By Dick Eastman
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If interest in genealogy is declining, why is interest in genealogy cruises soaring? Or is it simply a symptom of a different problem: the possibility that traditional national genealogy conferences... More > are no longer attracting genealogists like they used to?< Less
Recording the Locations of Your Family Photographs By Dick Eastman
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When going through a box of old photographs or viewing the latest digital pictures on your computer, did you ever ask, “I wonder where this photograph was taken?” Now a new software tool... More > can record the exact location of every digital picture in your collection. This includes old family photographs that you have scanned as well as new pictures that you or someone else takes with a digital camera. This product will not do the detective work for you. You must still find where the picture was taken in the traditional manner. You then scan the photograph, saving it as a JPEG image. Once the photograph is on your hard drive, you use this small Windows program to embed the longitude and latitude information into the photograph in a hidden area of the image. Once the information is recorded, you and future viewers of the image will wonder no more. Even better, with the appropriate software, you can just click on an icon to display a map that shows the exact location.< Less
Upgrading the Digital Camera By Dick Eastman
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Like many people, I have owned and used digital cameras for years. I have always used them as “electronic box cameras.” That is, I just aim and shoot. The results have been variable: I... More > have captured some great shots as well as quite a few not-so-great images. I decided it was time for an upgrade. Being a techie, I decided not to opt for just any ol’ camera. I wanted a suitable one with lots of buttons, switches, bells, whistles, megapixels, and whatever gadgets I could find. I eventually purchased one that met those requirements. It also turned out to be a great learning experience. In recent weeks I have wrestled with ASA settings, filters, RAW versus JPG images, and other things that I had never dreamed existed. I think the result has been worth it. I have snapped some great pictures in the past few weeks, better than anything that I have ever taken before.< Less
How to Become an Accredited Genealogist By Dick Eastman
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You frequently see letters appended after the names of individuals, such as CG or AG. This means that the individual has received a genealogy accreditation of some level. I thought I would describe... More > the various certifications and tell why you might be interested in obtaining certification.< Less
Why Are the Mormons Interested in Genealogy? By Dick Eastman
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I received an e-mail message from a newsletter subscriber that asked a common question: "I just read your article about the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. I am interested to know... More > why the Mormons have such an interest in everyone's genealogy." In fact, I asked the same question when I first started researching my own family tree. I suspect that most non-Mormons did the same. I thought I would post my answer here in case others have the same question.< Less
The Amazon Kindle: A Genealogy Tool By Dick Eastman
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Amazon recently released a new "e-book reader" called the Kindle. I managed to obtain one of the first units shipped and have been using it for about three weeks. I find it to be an... More > impressive device. In fact, I also see a lot of potential for genealogy uses. However, unlike many of the high tech devices that I write about, this one is not easy for individual genealogists to implement. The Kindle really needs to be adopted first by the authors, publishers, and retailers who supply genealogy information. Once a mass of material becomes available in Kindle format, the device could be very attractive for all of us. Luckily, that should be easy and inexpensive to accomplish. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me first explain what a Kindle is and its place in today's marketplace.< Less
Host Your Own Web Server at Home By Dick Eastman
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NOTE: This article was originally posted in three parts in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. All three installments are included in this archive article. There's a plethora of web... More > hosting services willing to host personal web pages that you create. You can post your genealogy pages on the web as well as other pages about most anything else that you wish to share with others, be it your bowling league's scores, your son's Cub Scout Den home page, or pictures of your grandchildren or family gatherings. Prices range from free to about $10.00 a month for personal Web sites. However, you might not want to use a commercial hosting service. Many people are surprised to learn that they can create their own web server on any Windows 95 or later computer as well as on Macintosh OS X or on Linux. Your present computer can serve as a web server, even while you simultaneously use the word processor, read and write e-mail, surf the Web, or use other programs.< Less
How to Automatically Add Articles to your Web Site By Dick Eastman
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You can add articles from this newsletter to your web site or a society’s printed genealogy newsletter or other publications that you edit. Of course, this newsletter is not the only online... More > publication that offers content that you can use. Articles about thousands of topics are available from many sources, ranging from private blogs to the BBC and the New York Times. Check the copyright statements closely. If the publisher allows, you can add those articles to your own web site. A couple of people wrote to ask, “How can I automatically add articles to my web site without copying and pasting them?” Actually, there are several methods available. However, I always like to do things the easy way.< Less