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 tool for a genealogist following 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 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 work 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 is far less flexible that your ‘own’ photo editor. Picasa is no longer supported by Microsoft, but it is available and will serve our purposes well. Contact the SIG leader at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a CD with the installation application on it.
More to come!
We will add additional tips and techniques over the next week. Check again!