How To Use Old Postcards

If you find some old postcards in your family history piles. Here are a few ways you might want to use them. But first, digitize them (use the process in this blogpost) Second, regularly backup the digital files Third, if you're a keeper, archive them correctly Fourth, even if you're not a keeper, consider saving ones that might have the sender's DNA on the stamp if there's any possibility you'll want to extract DNA (totheletter DNA) Fifth, if you're not a keeper, give the meaningful ones to family who will want them Sixth, use the digital files or leftover postcards! Here are some ideas. For me, the value of old postcards is in the images. That's it. In our family postcards, few of the messages contain especially valuable information. I've saved a few if I think I might someday want/be able to glean the sender's DNA from the stamp (totheletter DNA) but generally the subject matter is somewhat trivial or the postcard was never used, it was just …
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#TuesdayTip and #TuesdayTech – Google browser helps

If you use Google Chrome as your internet browser/search engine, they have a couple of helpful features in the URL window.

Here's an example URL in a Google Chrome search window:

In the image above, you can click on the URL window (if you're using Google Chrome for your browser) and a QR code appears in the URL window. Click the QR code icon and a larger QR code appears. You can use the QR scanner app on your phone to scan the code and it will open this URL/website on your phone.

This is a simple help to let you open a desktop website on your phone. So if you're working on a desktop computer but want to send the link to your phone, you'll use this QR code in the URL window. You will need to have a QR code scanner app on your phone. Go to your phone's App Store and download a free QR code scanner.

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RootsTech Connect 2021 Video Tour

Here's a 5-minute video tour of the RootsTech Connect 2021 Genealogy Convention. At the end of the convention hall tour is a 5-minute video explanation of Relatives at Rootstech, a new and improved feature that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own home or office. There's also a free Surname Search tool if you haven't added yourself to the FamilySearch family tree (so they can't compute your Relatives at RootsTech). Be sure to visit www.rootstech.org, join Relatives at RootsTech, and see if we're related. I'm Alyson Tayler (maiden name) in the FamilySearch tree so that's how to search for me. And visit the Expo Hall vendors for free Conference swag and promotions. Some promotions and swag include: subscription discounts, free downloadable books, free downloadable genealogy magazines, resources from genealogy societies, and at the OnGenealogy booth I have a couple of free, fillable-pdf family tree art 8x10s you can download, fill out on y…
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