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Full disclosure: I am a moderator on Mathematica.SE, but have no relationship with the company that makes the product Surprising is it might seem, the Mathematica application has extensive image editing functionality that can be used for this sort of task. The language might take a bit of getting used to, but you can learn a lot just by mucking around and ...


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I use a number of file-naming patterns, depending on the image source and the collection. The key, for me, is consistency within the collection. Since I use text files to keep index entries and transcriptions together, it's easy to also cross-reference the filenames and urls. When a new collection is published, I may play with the file-names several times ...


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If you're scanning a document yourself, make sure you scan with adequate resolution. For a typical document, 300 dpi is usually adequate, but if there are issues with document readability, 600 dpi would be better. You can scan in color or grayscale, but most written documents gain little from using color (except a bigger file and slower processing). Some ...


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I had a quick look for the tricycle. I found a few similar ones on ebay and such, without any firm date information. The most useful example appears to be this auction for an "Antique Vintage Wooden Kiddie Kart Child's Bike trike Riding Toy Tricycle", which states: Age: Quite Old - Maybe 60-80 years old??? Marked: Kiddie-Kar (Kart) The age range isn'...


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One option is to use Family Tree Maker, which syncs with Ancestry. It populates some of the metadata into your FTM database. I use and like FTM but I never use this function. Why? Because I don't like how it does citations and it chose fact categories different from what I wanted. While this doesn't download the actual document file, it does give you ...


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In answer to your initial question edit the image in a good image editing programme, I use Photoshop. You need to adjust the contrast, make the blacks blacker, whites whiter and also play around with the exposure usually dropping it down slightly. The final trick is to then invert the image colours. This is the result that I have come up with, could be even ...


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Since the original image is at the US National Archives, your best course of action might be to ask if the original cards survive, and if so, if NARA can send you a fresh copy of the original card. Failing that, they might be able to make you a better copy of the card from their master copy microfilm. You could email them at inquire@nara.gov During a ...


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When a record search comes up empty or an image is poor-quality, it can be helpful to check other database providers to see if they have the same collection. Different indexing and different search fields and algorithms may help locate a difficult record. And images quality can vary -- different filming, from originals, just with new technology or ...


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This is probably going to take a bit of work. In general, it's best to start by trying to identify letter and word shapes according to what you know, and what you expect to be there, then move onto the unknowns. So you know you must have "Alexander Barclay Ormerod" somewhere, and that's actually fairly clear at the top of the second column. Other parts may ...


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I would suggest that it's very rare that a source provides evidence for just one fact, so the media needs to be ultimately accessible from all the relevant facts. You therefore don't want to add it individually to each of those facts because repetition is never good, especially if you need to adjust something and have all the repetitions to adjust. And then ...


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There is not going to be any one answer as each image is different and has different needs. I use Photoshop but these comments should apply equally to other image editors like Photoshop Elements or Gimp. 1: Convert to Black and white (even though it is a B&W image) and then use the Red Green & Blue colour channel adjusters to tweak the colour ...


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An interesting question. I am sure I cannot give a full answer but perhaps some pointers to the things that I would think about, might help drive some other aspects out. Firstly, from my perspective (from the UK), why do I want to cite my sources? In order to find them again; To assist me to evaluate this source against another in the event of ...


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I would question the genealogical relevance of a baby scan. It is essentially just a photo, just as that photo of your son's third birthday, or the first time he rode a bike. These photos are not added as facts, because they are not of much genealogical relevance. So the most logical place to put it is just as an image or media. Certainly this baby scan is ...


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I won't comment on the file naming as others have but will offer an alternative to Irfanview. Right click on the image select properties > details and then click the text to the right of the title header. You can then type in there whatever title you wish including the full url or whatever you wish. You can also change any of the other data here such as ...


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FTM 2019 uses (or attempts to use) Evidence Explained style source and citation templates. Using those templates, the source would be the newspaper (the entire run of the newspaper, not any specific issue), and the citation would be for the specific volume/issue, and page/column number. Since a citation can be linked to multiple facts, it would seem most ...


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I only use (an old copy of) Family Tree Maker as a viewer for GEDCOMs I download from my online trees at Ancestry, so I can't speak specifically to best practices for the new FTM. However, this is what I do in Family Historian. To simply matters, I assume for now that I'm not using the Ancestral Sources add-on to aid in the data entry process. I create a ...


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I have a photo with the same border which is dated February, 1929, and taken in Cuervo, New Mexico.


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I've cleaned the image up as best I can but I'd definitely try and find a better scan of the original record. If you find a better coy that still needs cleaning up a bit comment this answer and I'll clean it up. (Not strictly an answer to your question but might be helpful)


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A trick I use, when I have the patience, is to use a photo retouching application. I find Paint.net or Picasa the easiest and they are both freeware. If you use a combination of the edge detection, sharpening and colour flattening tools you can often bring dodgy handwriting up clear enough to be able to make it out. Be warned though, it can take a bit of ...


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Some information I have helps add weight to your translation and that of @CanadianGirlScout: Luka Cacic and Karlo Cacic, lived outside Kansas City, MO in Sugar Creek. My Grandmother Manda Suknaic came to USA in 1913 and to Sugar Creek, MO to live with a brother-in-law. According to my Grandmother's birth certificate Her mother Mara Cacic and Father ...


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I found what looks like a useful blog posting entitled My Ancestor Family File Folders and File Naming Convention by Randy Seaver: One of the challenges of having a lot of ancestors and a lot of digitized documents and photographs is organizing all of this "stuff" in a file system, whether digital or paper. This post is about my digital ...


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I don't worry whether an image comes from FamilySearch, Ancestry, ScotlandsPeople, the Norwegian National Archives, etc. What's important to me are the Four* Questions Of Fact Gathering: Who What When Where With that, I can backtrack to the original source, no matter if the original web site decides to rename everything, and the names are meaningful to non-...


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The word “militis” means that he is a knight; he is in fact not wearing military clothing, but fashionable dress. The sword and belt are customary accessories of a gentleman.


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