Sunday, October 19, 2014

Scanfest is Coming!

The October 2014 Scanfest will take place here at AnceStories this coming Sunday, October 26th, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time.
What is Scanfest? It's a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family document and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring!

Scanfest is a great time to "meet" other genealogists, ask questions about scanning and preservation, and get the kick in the pants we all need on starting those massive scanning projects that just seem too overwhelming to begin.

To get started, you need to know the basics about scanning:

1. Don't use commercial glass cleaners (i.e. Windex) or paper towels to clean your scanner's glass plate. Use a soft, clean cloth, preferably microfiber. If you must use a liquid, use water sprayed directly onto the cloth  and make sure to let the plate dry thoroughly before placing photos or documents on it.

2. Wear cotton gloves (available at many art and/or photography supply shops) when handling photos and old documents.

3. Don't slide the photos around on the glass plate. Place them exactly where you want them. Photos should NEVER be scanned by a scanner that feeds the document through the machine, but ALWAYS on a flat-bed scanner.

4. Set your scanner to scan at no smaller than 300 dpi (dots per inch). Many experts recommend 600 dpi for photographs.

5. Photographs should ALWAYS be scanned and saved as .tif files. Use "Save As" to reformat the .tif file to a .jpg file for restoration and touchups, emailing, or uploading to an online photo album. ALWAYS retain the original scan as a .tif file.

6. Documents can be scanned as .pdf files or .tif files.

7. When you are done scanning your photos, don't put them back in those nasty "magnetic" photo albums. Place them in archival safe albums or boxes found at websites such as Archival Products or Archival Suppliers. Do NOT store any newsprint (articles, obituaries, etc.) with the photos. The acid from the newspaper will eventually destroy the photograph.

Now about the chatting part of Scanfest:

We will be using Blyve, a live blogging platform that you access right here at AnceStories. On Sunday at 11 AM, PDT, come right here to AnceStories and you'll see the Blyve live blog/forum in the top post. It's not really a "chat room," per se, it's more like a live forum and anyone visiting this site can read and see what is happening in the forum.

You will not need to download any software.

We look forward to having you participate with us!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 17 October 2014

Articles and posts that caught my eye:

What Teaching First Graders Has Taught Me About Genealogy by Elyse Doerflinger at Elyse's Genealogy Blog: On a Journey to Find My Roots

150-Year-Old Confederate Diary Gives Up Secrets to Volunteer Code Breaker by Eric Durr at HumanEvents (hat tip: Leland Meitzler at GenealogyBlog)

I Share DNA with my Adopted Son by Becky Jamison at Grace and Glory

Use Sealed Wood or Metal Bookshelves to Protect Your Book Collection by Dave Greenbaum at Lifehacker - because genealogists have books (usually more books than shelves!)

Hiding Out in the Open: Researching LGBT Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers

Free Genealogist’s Toolkit to Power Your Family History Research by Julia Szucs Smith at the Blog

My New Genealogy Follows at Twitter:

@Crestleaf, @CindyDragon57, @MVgenlady, @vjthpsn, @ForensicFamily, @FindMyOrigins, @patsy19901709, @JennyLanctot, @Barbw6kids, @StoredTreasures, @confusethedead, @CherylsTwigs, @parJude, @GenealogyTrackr, @yourlineage, @TeamGenealogica, @100YearsToday, @HistoryRemnants

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 10 October 2014

Articles and posts that caught my eye:

FamilySearch Search Page Changes Cause Consternation by the Ancestry Insider at The Ancestry Insider

Good news for Ohio researchers! by Harold Henderson at Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog

Archives Open House in Cheney this Saturday by Larry Cebula, Assistant Digital Archivist at the Washington State Digital Archives, at the Northwest History Blog

October by Bill West at West in New England - I love the colors of autumn and I wonder, as does Bill, if our New England ancestors loved them as much as we do. Bonus: a Robert Frost poem!

Relatives of adopted adults now able to trace family tree, a press release by the United Kingdom's official government website

How Iceland's Genealogy Obsession Leads to Scientific Breakthroughs by Olga Khazan at The Atlantic

The exotic history of British fish and chips by Paul Levy at The Telegraph (Note: it's not originally a British dish!)

QuickLesson 11: Identity Problems & the FAN Principle by Elizabeth Shown Mills at the Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage site

My New Genealogy Follows at Twitter:

@still2stepn, @AMCgenealogy, @MaryJoSonntag, @BudnyEnterprise, @Procoolgranny, @JS_Genealogist, @gensearchdeb, @Ghyxion, @BonnieM707, @CathyNapolitano, @KassieLNelson

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Upcoming Genealogy Classes and Family History Fairs

October is Family History Month, and boy, do we have a lot of upcoming events! First of all, I have begun my fall quarter classes for the Institute of Extended Learning, held at the Magnuson Building on the SFCC campus, Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The classes are $8.00 each. A couple are new and put together at your request! Please let your family members and friends know! Here is the upcoming schedule:

  • Finding Your Ancestors in Online Obituaries and Cemetery Records - October 14
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Online Census Records - October 21
  • Organizing and Preserving Your Genealogy (NEW!) - October 28
  • Finding Your Canadian Ancestors Using Online Records (NEW!) - November 4
To register for these classes, call (509) 279-6030, or visit and look for the "Master Your Technology" icon.

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 Next, there are two upcoming Family History Fairs put on by area LDS (Mormon) Churches for free. The first is brand new and will be held this Saturday, October 11th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Otis Orchards. There are 18 class topics, and workshop participants will receive a “My Family History” folder with a family tree chart and other handouts as a starter kit. A complete list of classes, along with more details, can be found at

The second one will be Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Hayden Lake LDS Church north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. This also is free, including a delicious lunch. Visit to view the class topics and register. They suggest you register by October 10th so they can plan accordingly. I will be presenting "Online American Digital Archives and Databases" during the first session. There are 25 classes to choose from for four sessions, plus your lunch hour.

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Come enjoy learning how to trace your family tree and dig deeper into new resources.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 3 October 2014

Articles and posts that caught my eye:

Our Pacific Northwest card file is now online! by Steve Willis at Between the Lines: Washington State Library Blog

Documentary a reminder of Eleanor Roosevelt's kindness by Stefanie Pettit at The Spokesman-Review - the local "Landmarks" columnist retells meeting the Former First Lady at age 5

Northern Pacific Railway employee records at by Paula Stuart-Warren at Paula's Geneaogical Eclectica

Massive Online US Obituaries Project Will Help You Find Your Ancestors by Paul Nauta at FamilySearch Blog

Mark Twain & Copyright by Erin Allen at the Library of Congress Blog - did you know that Mark Twain was a mover and shaker behind modern copyright laws?

Then and Now: Inland Empire Highway by Jesse Tinsley at The Spokesman-Review - I learned some things about our country's highway system

Two kinds of genealogy and the question that sorts them out by Harold Henderson at Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog

Legal Serendipity by Judy G. Russell at The Legal Genealogist - lately I've been re-reading Hank Z. Jones's Psychic Roots: Serendipity and Intuition in Genealogy, and this would fit right in!

Meet Ello: The Hip New Social Network You Need To Know About by Matthew Hughes at MakeUseOf - I'm still figuring this social network out!

News About and More News About on the Newberry Library Blog

Top 10 Tricks for Shopping at Amazon by Melanie Pinola at Lifehacker - great ideas for your genealogy and other shopping. P.S. If you use and bookmark this link to access Amazon for any of your shopping, I get a small kickback as an Amazon Associate.

Citing Vital Records: Four Questions by Elizabeth Shown Mills at QuickTips: The Blog @ Evidence Explained

A Case of Murder by Amy Crooks at Untangled Family Roots

Finding Evan: The boy in the picture by Judy G. Russell at The Legal Genealogist

My New Genealogy Follows at Twitter:

@DanteEubanks@TapGenes, @FamHistoryBuff, @CummingsPFH, @huboutourville, @KyHistSoc, @smokeyluna, @HeirHunterUK, @RachelPopma, @HeatherKramer80, @pdbiallas, @ratrodwidow

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 26 September 2014

Articles and posts that caught my eye:

5 adopted siblings reunited after 4 decades by Lee Rood of the Des Moines Register at USA Today

Canine noses point to forgotten, unmarked graves in Wilmington by Bruce Siceloff at the Charlotte Observer

Seven Reasons You Are Not Finding Your Ancestor by Robin Foster at

Sites across the country offer lessons on Roosevelts by Beth J. Harpaz of the Associated Press at the Spokesman-Review

New journal focuses on Midwestern history and its follow-up post Easy & free access to Mississippi Valley Historical Review by Paula Stuart-Warren at Paula's Genealogical Eclectica

German Digital Church Book Portal is Now Online by Dick Eastman at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Lineage Trap by Tony Proctor at Parallax View

Cross-Time Photos Show Snapshots of Seattle's Past and Present, Side by Side by Martha King at Quirksee

1930s, '40s Idaho a click away: Yale website holds photos from FDR public relations effort by John Sowell of the Spokesman-Review (the site the article references can be accessed here)

5 Facebook settings to change now by Kim Kommando, special for USA Today

My New Follows at Twitter:

@vigrgenealogy, @sue_familyfolk@marionbaxter12, @MarjorieMunroe, @MyTree385, @kriswms2, @traceyfromkc, @DT_Genea, @QueryGeni, @eriePAgenealogy, @sbirdgenealogy, @CathApelseth, @misseandme@wetidygraves, @PoszukiwaczePrz, @cdncrogen, @CherishMyMemory, @Genealogy_UK, @mcgen1, @zapgrandmagap, @Tay_digital, @albmadreamng, @rootsgenie, @NotPat1949, @GailBlankenau, @HudsonGenealogy, @Ancestorsearch, @Ancestreemakers, @YrTreeSearcher

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