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About Me: I am a retired pediatrician who has a love for technology use in family history. I have been given a rich heritage of photos, old letters, stories, videos, and more from my ancestors. I love to preserve that heritage and share it with my two generations of posterity now. Sharing my ancestor's heritage as well as my own, with my posterity allows them to discover more about their own heritage as well.

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Using Google Search
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     Did you know that there are Google search techniques that can help you find information on your ancestors? Using a variety of extra filters, you can narrow time periods, search only certain types of sites, use wild card searches, and ...

Using Photo Metadata
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     Do you have a lot of digital photos? Have you ever wondered about how to organize them? Have you ever heard the term "metadata"? We'll learn more about using "metadata" in this blog. It's a great way to organize photos, add "extra" ...

How To
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     Have you ever wanted to convert that old paper history of grandma Jones to a cleaned up scanned version that you can save on your computer or share with others? This is not a difficult feat to do. There are three ...

Yes...It's Possible
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     Have you ever wanted to upload old family videos to FamilySearch? Though FamilySearch doesn't have a specific mechanism to do this, it is still possilble to "reference" them on FamilySearch. For example, I have converted some old 8mm ...

Do We Need to Write Them?
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     Every time I go to an ancestor's Person Page on FamilySearch, I start to feel guilty that there is no life sketch on that person. There are often many sources, and other information that I have collected on the person, ...

Preserving YOUR Heritage
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     Our family history group has been making a push for the more broad numbers of organization members to write a story about an ancestor or themselves and attach that story to an uploaded photograph. Preserving our ancestor's ...

Staying Safe
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     Where do you keep your passwords? Over the years volunteering at the FamilySearch Library, I have observed a lot of interesting, but scary, password practices by our library patrons. ...

Email Account Security
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     I recently worked with a lady that was locked out of her gmail account. Unfortunately this is a fairly common issue, especially for us older folks. Another person had her Gmail account taken over by a hacker who ...

Learning to Love It!
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     FamilySearch is a wonderful place to find new ancestors and to preserve and share our heritage. In the past, FamilySearch was simply a collaborative family tree. In the past 5-6 years they have added the ability to ...

Getting it Right!
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     One of the common scanning problems I have seen over the years with photos uploaded to FamilySearch has been one that is shown above. A photo is scanned on a flatbed scanner, but the person forgot (or didn't know how) to ...

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