Thursday, May 10, 2012

1940 Census, Genealogy, Sorting and Correcting Photos, Blogs etc

It has been awhile since I updated about the 1940 Census. Good news - Washington, DC is now indexed!  It's agonizing to wait but it's still fun to search.

While looking at the posts in the Ancestry Aces group at Facebook, I found some interesting blogs from other Ancestry Aces.  First I saw this post from Ancestral Breezes about organizing photos.  That reminded me that I signed up for another class with Linda Sattgast at Digital Scrapper.  The class I'm taking is Help For Heritage Photos.  It is self paced and I have permanent access to it.   Even though I've been using Photoshop Elements and/or Photoshop for at least ten years, I still picked up some great tips from Linda!

There was another great post on Ancestral Breezes from a guest blogger who makes the case for Printing Your Photos.  I know many scrapbookers are content to save their digital files, but the blogger makes some good points.  Also in my own experience CDs and DVDs only a few years old have been corrupted and the files become inaccessible and these were stored in good conditions.  External hard drives can crash just like an internal one.  Personally I feel it's good to have more than one back up. Printing scrapbooks is one way to save them in another format without printing up every single photo.  One thing that struck me from the blog post is that we live in an "at the moment" world. Everything digital fast and in the moment then moving on quickly to something else.  Scrapbooks can be timeless in the sense that one hundred years later they are just as interesting, if not more so.

The Genealogy Search posted her favorite picture as the Ancestry Aces suggested we should.  When she did five people were unidentified but someone reading her blog was able to identify them!  I think I've mentioned on here before about building blogs for some of my different lines so that I can connect with other family members.  I've had some fun experiences with that.

So this has me thinking about my favorite heritage photo.  I have so many photos, it's hard to decide on just one.  So I'll get back to you on that one.  Do you have a favorite?  Have you scrapped it or blogged about it?  I'd like to see.  And do you have any recommendations on fun genealogy or heritage blogs? Let's share!

1 comment:

Missouristar said...

I print all my scrapbook pages. I love sitting and looking at them and it's much more fun to hand people a book rather than a computer. I'm also taking Linda's class. Looking forward to working on a lot of old photos!