Friday, April 27, 2012

Preserving Digital Photos

Preservation Week Banner

Yesterday, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) presented a webinar on "Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs" by Bill LeFurgy.  This very nice introduction into digital preservation can be viewed as an .wmv file at this link.

A slew of great preservation information can be found at the ALCTS Preservation Week website. This includes webinars from this year, plus past years. These webinars cover topics such as Taking Care of Family Textiles, Archival 101 and Mold Prevention and Remediation.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Families App for Legacy

I purchased this app when it first came out for my Droid phone. I now have it on both my Droid X2 and ASUS Transformer Prime tablet. It wasn't until today that I really discovered the real power of it. How did that happen?

I attended the Legacy Family Tree webinar today with Malcom Green, the Families developer.  He gave a live demonstration of the app and provided detailed instructions on setting it up. I was finally able to transfer my Legacy files to my tablet.

I discovered that Telgen even has a user forum at their website. That would have been useful a couple of weeks ago.

Great application for Legacy users of iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android phone or tablet, including the Kindle Filre and Nook.

Get more information and listen to the webinar at the Legacy News page here.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

20 Minute Genealogist

Beta site twenty.byu.edu shows you a quick 6 generation interactive ring chart that shows which ancestors are missing information in FamilySearch.


The information is taken from data already in FamilySearch so you do not need to enter any additional names. 

Clicking in a segment shows you summary information about that individual:


Clicking on the circle icon in the upper right of the information panel shows a ring chart for this individual. The rectangle icon provides profile information for the same person:


Clicking on the pencil icon takes you to nFS and where you can edit the information. Once you return you click on the synchronize icon and the information on the ring chart is updated:


Notice the original profile showed that he died in St. Louis City, in Missouri Territory. Actually, it should have been St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri.

Nice application, a quick easy way to see where your holes may be. Additional information is available for the LDS community.

Note: You must have an valid login for new.familysearch.org to utilize this site.