Fee and Free Genealogy during COVID-19

COVID-19 got you down? Me too! We're quarantined at home but with internet access there is plenty to do in the Genealogy World. Here are some fee and free ideas & offerings:

 

Have a Library Card? Your library building may be closed, but it's open online. Check your local library online and see what digital resources they offer. During Covid-19, Ancestry has made its Library edition available remotely in some locations (this is usually only available onsite at the library). This means you may be able to login to your library's portal, with your library card, and have FREE Ancestry.com at home for the next few weeks. Also, see what other databases your Library pays for. Here are some that might be of interest.Watch a free Family History webinar online. Here's a list of free classes offered by FamilySearch this month. Also register for a free webinar at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Some of their past webinars are free to view, and others require membership …
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Maintenance Essentials for Genealogy

I've had maintenance on the mind this summer. So many friends and family are dealing with problems that are largely a result of lack of maintenance. It's made me think how easy it is to lose all our gains, simply because we don't do the day-to-day and month-to-month maintenance projects.

Why am I doing massive fence repairs in July? How'd we regain all this weight?How did the sewer line break?

It goes on and on. So while I work on projects and have to set aside my family history, I'm assessing what are the maintenance essentials for genealogy in my home.

We made some incredible family history gains last year, digitizing everything (photos, papers, cassette tapes) for my side of the family and we're close to finishing this for Mike's side of the family. I can't afford to lose these gains. Here are some ideas for projects we need to either start, finish, or maintain.

 

 

Some Family History Maintenance Ideas

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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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