Between now and the new year I will be writing about some of the things I want to achieve with my family history in 2010.
I have loads of photos on my hard drive and dozens of postcards, some of which have been scanned. However these photos and postcards are not really part of my family history yet, in their present state they add nothing to the story of my ancestors.
My photos can be broadly divided into two categories, old photos of people and modern photos of places and gravestones. The postcards add to this historic images of places. All of these images need to be integrated into Family Historian, to illustrate people, places, events and sources.
The first step is to sort all these images out into some sort of order and devise some logical file naming convention. Once they are sorted and in the correct folders I can start linking them into Family Historian in the relevant places, where they can be used to illustrate my family tree and its reports.
I didn’t get a lot of family history done this week, what with Christmas and my final week at work. I am worried that me family tree chart is not going to be ready, I only have two and a half days left to get it printed.
- Add some headshots into my family tree chart
- Create a PDF of my family tree chart and get it printed
Anything else that I manage to do during the week will be a bonus, but I am not expecting to have much spare time. However I do want to start looking ahead to what I am going to do next year.
My Christmas Tree Project has thrown up some quite interesting situations, that need further investigation, plus of course there are still three of my 4x great-grandparents that are missing, those will be quite a challenge to find.
Week 51, that must mean it is almost Christmas and my Christmas Tree Project is not completed. Everything this week needs to be geared towards getting it completed. It doesn’t help that I didn’t get much work done on it last week or this weekend.
- Create the headshot photos and the ‘blank’ headshot photo, and link them to my ancestors.
- Make sure I have text scheme for the ancestor’s boxes on the chart defined and showing all the information I want.
- Carry on filling in the missing gaps. There are not many more that I can do from home, but I could do with spending some money on the 1911 census but that will have to wait until after Christmas.
- Check with the print and copy shop that they will be open next week and they can print my family tree in time, otherwise I am going to be in trouble.
I am after a new scanner, mainly for family history purposes of course.
At the moment I have a Hewlett Packard printer/scanner/copier which serves most of my needs. It is a little on the slow side, and the software is not as user-friendly as I would like, but I can live with it.
The thing it doesn’t do is scan slides and negatives. My parent’s attic is full of slides, and I would dearly love to have digital copies of them. I don’t know what the life span of a slide is, but it is a safe bet they won’t last for ever and a digital copy would a better chance of survival.
Ideally my new scanner will be portable, or at least more portable than my current set-up. I envisage visiting relations (not just my parents) armed with my netbook and a scanner and just plugging them in and being able to scan anything that gets thrown at me, from A4 pages to slides and negatives.
In terms of price, I appreciate that you get what you pay for, but I have a limited budget, I spend enough on my family history already! Current favourite is the Canon CanoScan 5600F, the price looks about right for my budget, but it looks a bit too bulky.
So I am asking you for your recommendations. What sort of scanner do you have? Is there anything on the market that is going to meet all my needs without me having to spending a fortune? Is there any advantage in getting two separate scanners, one flatbed A4 and one slide and film scanner? What do you use for your scanning? Let me know in the comments.
Most of the week was pretty quiet, but I made up for it yesterday with almost a whole day devoted to family history. My Christmas Tree Project will be my main priority this week, both searching and working on the presentation of the chart.
- Continue working on the Christmas Tree project, filling in missing details. This week will mainly be the East Sussex side of my tree, around Framfield, Blackboys and Buxted. I noticed the other day that I am missing lots of death dates for my ancestors from there.
- I still haven’t prepared a plan for a visit to the London Family History Centre. I put off a visit this weekend to give me more time to prepare, but I am rapidly running out of time.
- I need to create headshots of my ancestors to appear in my Christmas Tree chart. Cropping the photos I have and linking them into Family Historian. Also create a generic “missing photo” headshot.
- I also need to work on the text scheme for the chart boxes, trying to make the data I have look neat and tidy, be easy to read and informative.
- Try and clear some more paper from the stuff to sort folder. There are no large collections left in it now, so it is just a question of picking out one page at a time and deciding what to do with it, before I throw it away.