Friday, December 30, 2011

Arizona Family History Expo

As of today the Exhibitors include:

Creative Continuum
Daughters of the American Revolution, Saguaro Chapter
Digital Scrapbook Memories
DNA Consultants
Family ChartMasters
Family History Expos, Inc.
Family History Society of Arizona
Family Roots Publishing
FamilySearch Scanning
Gene Tree
Genealogy Presentations
Guild of One Name Studies
International Organization of Story Keepers
Legacy Family Tree
LifeStory Productions, Inc, Heritage Collector Software & 'How To' Books
Genealogy Gems Podcast
Mesa Regional Family History Center
Richardson Design
Stories To Tell
The Family Tree of BoiseIdaho
The Genealogical Institute
West Valley Genealogical Society

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Arizona Family History Expo

Family History Expo is back to Mesa. It is being held this January 20 and 21, 2012, at the Mesa Convention Center.  Check out their information here.

They are trying something new this year. The conference begins on Friday at 1:00pm and goes to 9:00pm. On Saturday, they will open at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm.

More information to follow.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Free is celebrating it's 15th year with 15 days of free discovery. Check it out.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rootstech 2012

Just registered for Rootstech 2012, only $99 until Saturday, September 10th. Need to use FGS99 as the promotion code.

Thanks to FGS Bloggers for the tip.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mobile Devices

I just optimized this blog for mobile devices. It looks really good on the Droid.

I know I have not been posting much, expect that to change very shortly.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I was just looking for information on tornados in Missouri, my daughter lives in Farmington and is currently in her basement, when I came across this site:


Friday, February 18, 2011

Scanning a Irregular Picture

The picture below is of Joseph and Matilda Jensen, circa 1890. This is the classic picture, hand colored in a large format and mounted in a large oval frame. The inside diameter of the frame was 19 x 13 with bubble glass over the picture.

I was not able to remove the picture from the frame and the picture was pushed up in the center to touch the glass. The portion of the picture that shows Miltda’s face was not touching the glass and since the scanner's focal length is approximately 1/4", the scan here is not as sharp as it could be.

This took 16 scans, holding the scanner securely against the glass and moving it around the inside of the frame and across the top of the glass. As you can see I missed a couple of scans. All scans were done at 600 dpi.


I have only stitched the picture and reduced it so I could post this copy. The original stitched picture is 150 dpi. I still need to touch it up in Photoshop and rotate it.

Not a bad rendition of the original.We have a similar picture of the same couple and had it removed and scanned by a professional. It was well over $100.

The next time I am in Milton, Utah, I will do it again and get the rest of the picture.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Flip-Pal -more-

In a tweet last week I noted that I scanned a Vietnam era platoon picture that was 14 x 24 using the Flip-Pal. Well, after taking another look at it, the original was probably closer to 14 x 20.

It took 16 scanned images to create the stitched image. Each image was scanned at 600dpi, after the stitching software was finished, the new complete image was 150dpi.

This was saved as a web image using Adobe Photo Elements at 50%, I have not yet attempted to clean up the image in any way.

I am still working on almost 300 pictures I scanned on Sunday afternoon using the Flip-Pal. More on them in future posts. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Used the Flip-Pal mobile scanner last night to scan a Vietnam era Platoon picture. Orginal was approximately 14x24. Stitching the software was as easy as selecting all the photos, it took 12 scans for this particular picture, and selecting stitch.

It was that easy. The scanned jpg (@600dpi) was cleaner and clearer than the original.

Found out today that the orientation of the scan is not important, the stitching software still recognizes it and puts it back together.

Great product.

Have to leave Rootstech early today so I can scan an old family album in Milton, Ut. I understand that all the pictures are behind plastic. Should not be a problem.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New iPad and iPhone app

If you have an iPad or iPhone there is a great new app for you. Now you can see and navigate your family tree on your iPad or iPhone. You can even view the Census and other records.
Check it out here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Using the Droid

I used Verizon's Motorola Droid 1 to create this blog and post the first posting. The most annoying "feature" was the inability to use the shift or alt keys. Consequently, I had no capitals, numbers, or symbols. 

There may be a work around for this but I have not stumbled across it yet.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

First Post

at the az family expo, created this blog, and this post, using my droid, while waiting for a presentation to start.