How to Scan Photos Fast

  If you want to scan photos fast, this is the tool you need to find - a batch feed photo scanner - and you may be able to use one for free.   Batch Feed Photo Scanners These scanners allow you to stack piles of photos on the scanner and the device feeds them through, one by one, and will output them as high resolution scans. Some specs Scan batches of  25 photos in less than one minute Photos sized 8x10 to very small Resolutions from 300 to 1200 dpi File outputs may include TFF, JPEG, and more Options to scan the front and back of each photo Options to auto-adjust for red-eye Options for auto-cropping Options for rotating images Options for outlining photos in black/white/or no outline Many more settings   Find a Free Scanner Here are the places to check for free batch photo scanners: Your local LDS Family History Center or Affiliate FamilySearch Library -  these are located worldwide and many have free scanners, …
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How to Use Your Public Library for Genealogy Research

  Public libraries subscribe to online research databases in behalf of their patrons. Some of these databases permit you to access them from a home computer with a current library card and password while others can only be used onsite.       Online and Onsite Genealogy Databases Some popular library databases for genealogy and family history include: Accessible Archives African American Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by African Americans African American Heritage - primary source material specifically for African American family history and genealogy African American Historical Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by or primarily concerned with communities of African Americans American Ancestors - US Census data & other genealogy record sets America's GeneaologyBank - a library version of this historic newspaper site Ancestry - US Census data & other genealogy record sets Biography Resource Cente…
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Faraday Bags to Protect Your Digital Files from Solar Storms and EMPs

Or "That One Weird Thing I Do." In December, I blogged about my huge digitizing push before RootsTech. I'm only a third of the way through digitizing but I do have a tip to share with anyone who likes to prepare for all the unknowns.   Faraday bags for your backup drives. Faraday bags are specialized bags that can protect electronic devices from damaging Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulses (EMPs).       What's a Solar Storm? If you Google an up-close image of our Sun, you'll see that it's one big explosive fusion reaction and that "Every so often, a patch of particles will burst from the sun in a solar flare, which can disrupt satellite communications and knock out power on Earth." In 1859, the largest recorded Solar Storm occurred that damaged telegraph lines and even shocked telegraph operators.  National Geographic has a nice article explaining the event and comparing the effects of a similar event in our present day and age. In 1989, th…
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