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Sign up for the OnGenealogy weekly newsletter (delivered Fridays at noon) to receive regular industry updates, tips, and the latest listings at OnGenealogy. When you sign up you'll be sent a free copy of "How to Use Photos and Images FREE without worry". Here's an example of this week's newsletter. It occurred to me that I've been blogging less and sending out regular newsletters instead. So if you feel like you're missing out, sign up for the newsletter. A Family History Challenge

I'll be updating the OnGenealogy site with a vast number of digitized microfilms and books now available at FamilySearch. These are all available online, but some are governed by contracts that only permit you to view them at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library. That may sound overwhelming, but there's probably one within 30 minutes of where you live. I'm a homebody and I have been willing to drive to one of these centers to view these new record collec…

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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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