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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tech Day Spotlight: Creating a Family Archive without Going Crazy with Mona Lambrecht, MA

 Join us on Saturday, 20 January 2018, for the first-ever SLIG Tech Day. A full day of classes, hands-on workshops and mini-labs being held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center before SLIG week begins.

 Mona Lambrecht, MA will be giving a class entitled, "Creating a Family Archive without Going Crazy" at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.




Creating a Family Archive without Going Crazy
Mona Lambrecht, MA

As a family historian, you probably have those seemingly hopeless piles or boxes of family papers, photos, and heirlooms. You dream that someday you will have the time to sit down and figure out how to organize and store everything properly. Unfortunately, reality sets in and those overwhelming questions start creeping in: How do I organize those letters so I can find them again? How should I safely store my photographs? What should I do with all of grandma’s handkerchiefs? Where do I even start?!?

Working as a museum curator, I face those daunting challenges of organizing, cataloging, identifying, protecting, and safely storing historical objects on a daily basis. Not knowing how to begin usually stops people before they can even get the project started. In this class, I will show you ways of processing your family collection no matter how large or small. Because it isn’t possible to tackle the process in a single day, the goal is in knowing how to work in realistic steps, gradually improve your collection’s organization, and how to begin storing your items safely. 

There are many different ways to organize your items, and fortunately (or unfortunately) there is no RIGHT way to organize, and ultimately catalog, your family collection. I will help you get started by showing you basic archival techniques so you can find the best solution for your situation. I will take you through:
•    the pros and cons of simple vs detailed inventories
•    the process of evaluating what you should keep or discard
•    methods of sorting different types of materials 
•    options for arranging your collection 
•    object identification techniques
•    archival safe products and storage options
•    how to properly handle and store objects 

Once you have a good idea of what your collection consists of, you can think about how you want to catalog your collection. The use of technology can make the cataloging process much easier but choosing software can depend on what information you want to track, how big your collection is, how tech-savvy you are, and what kind of a budget you have. I will address various spreadsheet, database, and cataloging software options and show you ways of creating a customized archival system so you can record your family heirlooms with the same detail as your family history research. Learn about tracking important details such as: 
•    who created the object and when
•    the people or subjects in a photograph
•    a description of an object
•    an item’s condition 
•    conservation needs
•    physical dimensions
•    item location
•    an image of the object
•    and much more!

The organizing and cataloging process can take a lot of time, but it is well worth the effort. When you organize and store your collection properly materials will be easier to use for your research and last for many more decades than if you left them alone. The benefits of cataloging are in retaining each object's history, discovering how family members are connected to each item, and knowing where to locate the physical and digital materials easily. By caring for the physical and intellectual content of your collection so you will preserve your treasured family history and heirlooms for generations to come.

You can register here: www.slig.ugagenealogy.org 
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tech Day Spotlight: Publishing a Family History Efficiently with Dina C. Carson, MA

Join us on Saturday, 20 January 2018, for the first-ever SLIG Tech Day. A full day of classes, hands-on workshops and mini-labs being held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center before SLIG week begins.

 Dina C. Carson, MA will be giving two classes that day. The second one is entitled, "Publishing a Family History Efficiently: The Right Tool for the Right Job", will be held 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.


From Dina:

Publishing a family history can be an enormous project so why not employ some tools that make the job easier?

When you are just starting a family history, what's the right organizing tool? How you organize your genealogical research is largely a matter of what works for you. However, some organizing tools are better than others for writing a book.

Is there one take away from the planning stage of a book project that will save you an abundance of time and effort later on in the project? Yes, there is. This one key tip is worth hearing this lecture!

Most family histories include images. If you're like me, gathering and preparing the images can be as time consuming as writing the book. Is there an easy way to organize images while you write? Yes, there is.

Many family histories follow a timeline of events. Following a time may be the simplest way to tell your family's story. Are there timeline tools that make writing easier? Yes, there are.

A family history is only as good as the sources used to compile it. Are there some research tools that make including sources in your family history easier? Yes, there are.

Many family histories are written by collaborations between family members. Are there tools that make collaborating on a family history project easier? Yes, there are.

Are there writing tools that makes the job of writing easier? I don't know of any writing tools that will put the words on the page for you, but there are many tools that make the job of writing and editing simpler.

It would be a shame to work so hard to create an incredible family history and then not make it look its very best. Are there tools that make designing and laying out a book easier? Yes, there are.
Every family history requires an index. Are there tools that make indexing a manuscript easier? Thankfully, yes, there are.

The younger generation is much more likely to want to read a family history in an electronic form, than the older generation. Are there tools that make converting a manuscript set up for print to an eBook format easy? Yes, there are.

Are there tools that will make a book interactive? Yes, there are, and they're easier to use than you might think.

Most family historians have boxes of photographs, documents and memorabilia that should be included in a book. Are there tools that make creating a digital files from those objects easy? Yes, there are.

Many old family photos could use some editing or enhancing to make them look their very best. Are there tools that make fixing old photographs easy? Yes, there are.

There are many, many tools available to help creating a fabulous family easier. Come to the lecture on SLIG's Tech Day to find out what they are!

You can register at www.slig.ugagenealogy.org 

Tech Day Spotlight: Scrapbook to Scanner with Dina C. Carson, MA

  Join us on Saturday, 20 January 2018, for the first-ever SLIG Tech Day. A full day of classes, hands-on workshops and mini-labs being held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center before SLIG week begins.

 Dina C. Carson, MA will be giving two classes that day. The first one entitled, "Scrapbook to Scanner: Best Practices for Adding Images to Your Family History", will be held at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.


From Dina:

Most genealogists have piles of items to digitize, so the best place to start is with some scanning basics. There are only two types of items to scan, reflective and transparent. How your scanner handles the different types depends upon the type of scanner you have.

There are an abundance of scanner types including: flatbed, film/slide, microfilm/microfiche, all-in-one, hand scanners, and mobile apps that allow you to use a mobile device such as your phone as a scanner. Each of these scanner types has pros and cons. Some are better for creating a family history than others.

All scanners come with software, but not all scanning software is the same. Taking advantage of the best features of your software or choosing a standalone software may be the best option to achieve the best results for your project.

There are four elements that affect the size and quality of digital images: physical dimensions, resolution, pixel depth and color space. Making the right choices about these qualities can save you countless hours of re-scanning or the frustration of seeing poor quality images in your final project.

Creating an image with the correct resolution for the end use is a must, and it involves math. Sorry … I can hear the collective groan every time this fact is mentioned. Fortunately, a few simple resolution exercises will have you figuring this out in a flash whether you're scanning a photograph, a document, film or a slide.

Choosing the correct file format in which to save your digital images can be confusing because there are so many new choices. I'll help you choose the right one depending upon how you plan to use the image.

There are many simple tricks you can use to save time while scanning. If you have many items to scan, these tips are worth coming to hear the lecture!

Photographs should be scanned differently than documents or maps that were printed before the age of digital printers. Do you know how to get the best scans for each of these?

Do you know the best way to get a digital image of an object or artwork?

Most scanning software comes with optical character recognition. Is this a feature of the software that can help you with your family history project?

Preparing digital images for a family history does not have to be the most difficult part of the project. Come to this lecture to get some useful tips for making this job simpler.

You can register for this class at www.slig.ugagenealogy.org 


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