TechTuesday – Ancestry Photo Hints

March 15, 2016
Not too long ago, I made this blog post, on my Family Tree Maker blogs:
An Observation in Ancestry Member Trees (AMT)

I wanted to bring that conversation and experience over here, not the FTM2014 part but the AMT Photo conversation and how I am using those Photo Hints for my current project.

I just pulled my Hints from on Ancestry Member Tree:

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There are 10 Photo Hints right now. I hadn’t paid too much attention to them, until I made the discovery in that other blog post.

I started to pay attention to those hints. The 10 that are there now, are mine from another Online Tree. I am going to leave there, because they are special and I want to handle them specifically.

A couple of days ago, some of my photos from that other AMT showed up. Hey wait a minute, I already have that picture in my other file, why not bring them into the file that I am working on. So I did. So what, my own photos from another tree. BUT ….

I had just added a few new people, folks that I haven’t research at all, new to me, but were family, not far off of the branch I was working on. Not following up, (YET) There were a number of Photo Hints, so I looked at them. They were “my people” but for that branch. I accepted them, not yet sure who I submitted them, BUT I am marking them as Private in my database so that they can’t be seen online.

Why, you ask? This Post Card.

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Russ Worthington Photographs from AMT, 08 March 2016; privately held by H R Worthington, Hackettstown, New Jersey, 2016.  Kenneth Hays Hylton 1937 Post Card to Alethia Carr.

Notice, it is cited, but I hide the names.  This is important in that the addressee (TO; ) had the young lady’s maiden name and where she lived at the time. All I knew, before this post card was her married name, from another photo what had been a Photo Hint.

“Hays: was single in the 1930 Census, I had him and in West Virginia. The photos were marked, from the description with that photo that came to me from the hint. Sorry the other side of the Post Card wasn’t included because I think it was from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Three Photo Hints are helping me put the pieces together. Not now, but later.  Because of the relationship in my database that this post card helped my establish, I received about 5 more Hints to follow, when I am ready to research that twig.

Lesson Learned: Check out those Photo Hints.


Finally Get Organized-Part 2, Photos

March 6, 2016

A couple of days ago, I posted this blog post

Unwrapping of a Photo CD from my cousin

Now, I have to deal with that issue. So much to do, so little time, as they say.

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Do I go chasing after that Bright Shiny Object (BSO) or stay focused on getting organized?

The pictures are in a number of “albums” / folders on the CD, now copied to my hard drive, so do I go and organize them NOW ??

Letters, photos, new file ? Guess I better get organized. AND I put this thought of creating a Book for my new cousin, in the next month or so.

Not to mention the busy schedule that DearMYRTLE has in store for us.

But, it’s NOT time to panic. Like Myrt’s graphic says

YOU WANT ME TO GET ORGANIZED ???


Technology Tuesday–Have you checked your Picture CDs

March 1, 2016

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The other day, my daughter asked me if I had any photos of a friend of hers (and mine). Sure, I said. But ….

The end of the story is, “yes, I did”. But ….

How many of us have Picture CD’s from the 1990’s? Have you tried to view those CD’s on your current computer ?

I had been using Seattle FilmWorks. Send them a roll of film and you got your pictures back on a CD. You may have gotten physical pictures and perhaps the negatives.

Here is a link to what Wikipedia has to say. Please take a look at that article if you used them. Oh, and pull a CD out of your archives and see if you can View the images.

What is a .SWF file ? It is NOT a JPG file or any other photo viewer that we might look at on our computer. Yes, there is a program on the CD, but have you tried to use is?

I am guessing, that like, me, we forgot to update our technology so that we can see those images now. But, that’s only 16 years ago, right?

Not done with the bad news yet. Seattle FilmWorks had a name change to PhotoWorks. They used the same SFW file format.

Try to find a Windows based program to move from SFW to JPG or something my computer can run. I found a Mac program and a Unix program, but not Windows. I did find a couple programs that did one image at a time, or ones that cost money. I figured there had to be some website with a downloadable program. I then remembered the name change. So, I searched for PhotoWorks.

I found PhotoWorks Version 2.41 at www.photoworks.com  downloaded it and spent some time learning how to use it.

The good news is, that not only have I been able to convert my SFW files to JPG, but there is an Album that can be opened with that program. The trick is learning where to find that file.

The biggest issue is to learn how the program works and where to put your SFW file and where do you want them to be stored.

The steps I am using:

  • Create an EXCEL file with Date and “Roll” number from label on the Disk
  • Create a Folder on my Hard Drive, Photo Folder in the Library
  • Folder Name format I used is YYYY-MM-DD-Roll Number
  • Copied from CD to PC
  • Converted SFW to JPG
  • Added a description of the content of that CD

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As you can see, I have a lot of work to do, but I will have them converted and Inventoried. The picture at the top of this blog post is one of those images.

Lesson Learned: Keep up with the Technology


And my “Current Thinking Is …”

February 26, 2016

There were two very important things about this photo:

  • The Photo is in archival sheets
  • The Photo is documented

This may make no sense to you, but I have been working on a mystery. That is how did my Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother meet.

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I knew about the Cottonwood Friends Church and that my Great Grandparents were married there 27 Feb 1872. But, that note is the hint I was looking for.

Reeves & Garland families went to church here. Elizabeth W. Leeds met the Reeves & Garland families here. Samuel & Catharine Reeves Worthington were married here.

The Reeve and Garland families moved to Kansas, from Tennessee between 1859 and 1861. Why, is still up in the air. I hadn’t gotten far enough to realize that the Garlands were there as well.

Job Whitall Reeve and Hannah Lucinda Garland are my 2nd great grandparents. Their youngest child was born in 1859, and Job died in Kansas in 1861. That is how I know the time frame.

Elizabeth Willits Worthington Leeds was my Great Grandfather Samuel Worthington’s mother. Lots more about her, but that’s another story.

So, “my current thinking is” that my great grandparents met “at church”, or more appropriately “at meeting”.


Unwrapping of a Photo CD from my cousin

February 26, 2016

Will share my first viewing of some photos I just received from my cousin. There are over 500 photos on this CD. Just going to share what I am seeing for the first time

 


Slide Scanning Project

September 4, 2013

I am working on a Slide Scanning Project. I have 50 years of 35MM Slides. That doesn’t include the same number of years of slides from my Dad. I had started to record my slides, but over the years, my catalog got lost in software updates at some point in time. I had my slides labeled. So, I have started to record my slides.

Here is my Spreadsheet format:

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I have all of my slides with a Roll Number, the Slide Number from the slide, I have descriptions, with will include names if I have them. The Category helps me group them by subject and the Date that is marked on the Slide. The Box, Column, and Slot are the Box of slide information so I know where they are. This one is Box 2, Column 2 and 3 (of 6), and 2 slides per slot. 25 Slots per roll. So, 300 slides per box.

As I have been going through them. I have scanned a couple of them, and am labeling the Scanned Slide as the Roll and Slide number. For sorting purposes, I have for the slide filename, I am using three numbers, like 022. At this point, I am NOT scanning all of them. I have been scanning some slides to include in my genealogy database management program. I have a number of photos that need to be there.

Now, I have had a number of Slide Scanners in the past. none really worked well / easy for me. I did a search for slide scanners and found this:

DBTech 35mm Film Slide and Negative Scanner – 10 Mega Pixel Film to Digital Image Converter – with 2.4-Inch LCD and TV-Out

Here is what it looks like:

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It’s a USB Connection to my PC. It will also handle a SD Card. Very compact, nice tilting viewing screen. Without a card, this will hold about 10 scans. I want to rename the “generic” filenames to the filenames listed above. It also helps break up the task at hand. So, I’ll transfer the scans to my PC and rename them right there.

Using the sorting and filtering features of my spreadsheet program, I know what slides have been scanned. I can then use my photo editing program to do what I want to, but at a later time.

Here is an example of a photo that was taken in 1963. Looks pretty good for me.

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One of the main reason for the above picture, is so that I can scan my pictures of one of my cousin’s who passed away due to cancer. Actually these are my cousins, 2 have passed away, a couple of brothers, a brother and sister are also seen. I posted this one on Facebook, and while I was posting it, and replying to a comment, one of these cousin’s “liked” the picture.

Not bad, huh? The real slide isn’t too much better. Printing also looks pretty good.


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