Images or photographs inserted in the text of a family history or genealogy can increase the interest of the reader and add another dimension to the stories. Often we can find actual family photos but it is also possible to use photos of homes or towns, or geographical maps to pick up the story. This section provides some techniques and suggestions for including photos with our publications.
Every genealogist should have access to a scanner, arguably the third most important technology tool for a genealogist following “the big two”: a software genealogy program and a computer with Internet access. Most printers sold today include a small flatbed scanner; in Albuquerque, we are fortunate to have a Click Mini KIC scanner at the Genealogy Center (2nd Floor, Main Library, 5th & Copper) which is available for free to all patrons. This scanner allows you to capture your images (or your text if you employ the Optical Character Recognition [OCR] feature) on a flash drive.
There are numerous photo editors available, and it is essential to obtain this software if you plan to make use of any scanned material. Although Microsoft Word has a built-in photo editor, this program is far less flexible than your ‘own’ photo editor. Picasa is no longer supported by Google, but it is available and will serve your purposes well. If you need a copy of this free product, send in the Contact request provided elsewhere in this blog.
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The AGS Quarterly newsletter will include a Computer Corner article on Tips and Techniques in the May 2018 issue; after publication, it will appear online as well.