Genealogy Bargains for Thursday 23 February 2017

The Complete Guide to Google Photos: The Fantastic Free Tool for Curating Past and Present Pictures

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Thursday, February 23, 2017

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NEW Genealogy Bargains

The Complete Guide to Google Photos: The Fantastic Free Tool for Curating Past and Present Pictures

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The Write Stuff - Genealogy educator & author Lisa A. Alzo announces her successful online classes for genealogists seeking to improve their writing skills.

  • NEW! Save over 30% on The Write Stuff – and improve your family history writing skills. For the past three years, genealogy educator and author Lisa A. Alzo has been conducting successful online classes for genealogists seeking to improve their writing skills. Her course – The Write Stuff – is now available in a self-paced format at a savings of 30%. Regularly $129, you can now get this course for just $89 – use promo code FRUGALGEN at checkout – this offer is good through February 28th. Click here for more information.

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ONGOING Genealogy Bargains

FamilySearch is offering an amazing opportunity - to attend a British Isles Research Seminar, in person OR online, March 13-17, 2017

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Save up to $150 at Legacy Tree Genealogists: Have you hit a genealogy brick wall you can't seem to overcome? Or maybe you've always wanted to know more about your family history, but don't have the time to dedicate to research? Our Winter Sale is going on now through March 1st. Order genealogy research and preserve your legacy today!

Save up to $150 at Legacy Tree Genealogists: Have you hit a genealogy brick wall you can’t seem to overcome? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to know more about your family history, but don’t have the time to dedicate to research? Our Winter Sale is going on now through March 1st. Order genealogy research and preserve your legacy today!

During our Winter Sale new clients can enjoy $100 off of a 20-hour research project, or $150 off a 40-hour research project.

20-Hour Research Project:

  • Professional research and analysis on your family tree.
  • Best for 1-2 surname lines and 1-4 generations.
  • Includes printed report and documents, deluxe binder, private webpage, and up to $50 in document fees.
  • May be split into 3 monthly payments.
  • Project completed in 10-12 weeks (rush available).

40-Hour Research Project:

  • Extensive research and analysis on multiple parts of your family tree.
  • Best for 2-4 surname lines and 1-6 generations.
  • Includes printed report and documents, deluxe binder, private webpage, and all document fees.
  • May be split into 3 monthly payments.
  • Project completed in 10-12 weeks.

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FREE ACCESS Black History collection at fold3 - “Throughout U.S. History, African Americans have played an integral part in the development and achievement of this country. Fold3 is now revealing a side of the African American story that few have seen before. View more than a million rare photos and documents.”

  • FREE ACCESS Black History collection at fold3 – “Throughout U.S. History, African Americans have played an integral part in the development and achievement of this country. Fold3 is now revealing a side of the African American story that few have seen before. View more than a million rare photos and documents.”  Click here to access – via fold3

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, 23 February 2017

On 23 February 1945, the US flag was raised on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima by US Marines. Almost 20,000 American soldiers lost their lives before the island was finally taken from the Japanese on 16 March 1945.

On 23 February 1945, the US flag was raised on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima by US Marines. Almost 20,000 American soldiers lost their lives before the island was finally taken from the Japanese on 16 March 1945.


Today is Thursday, 23 February 2017, and here is what’s available in terms of genealogy blogging and other related events in the Genealogy Blogging world:

Genealogy Blogging Items of Note

  • Today: Curling Is Cool Day, Diesel Engine Patented – Anniversary, Iwo Jima Day – Anniversary, and World Spay Day.

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Review: The Complete Guide to Google Photos

The Complete Guide to Google Photos: The Fantastic Free Tool for Curating Past and Present Pictures

Review: The Complete Guide to Google Photos: The Fantastic Free Tool for Curating Past and Present Pictures

[Editor’s Note: The Complete Guide to Google Photos is available in PDF e-book format from Legacy Tale for $11.99 USD (click here). Use promo code 20OFF and save 20% – your final price is $9.59 USD]

Robison, Ben. The Complete Guide to Google Photos: The Fantastic Free Tool for Curating Past and Present Pictures, Legacy Tale, 2016, 68 pages.

One of the topics that I’ve been pushing in the genealogy community over the past year is the concept of photo preservation and digitization. So when I heard about The Complete Guide to Google Photos by Ben Robison I knew I had to take a look. To be honest, for a tech guy I’m not too verse in Google Photos so I went into this process of using the guide as something of a “newbie.”

And what did I find? Well, in genealogy we have a saying: “How do you know what you don’t know?” Basically, you need a good, easy-to-use guide book like The Complete Guide to Google Photos to get you started.

Covering All the Photo Curation Bases

If you were to inherit a huge collection of family photos, would you know where to get started? Perhaps you would have some misgivings about your abilities to digitize and catalog the images. Or you might not be sure of some of the technical issues involved.

Robison has all the bases covered here and helps ensure that you only take on a photo project once so you can move on to other family history projects such as preserving family stories.

Chapters covered include: 1) Why Google Photos?, 2) Installation, 3) Basic Navigation, 4) Gathering Photos, 5) Curation and 6) Extra Features.

What’s Inside

The Complete Guide to Google Photos features:

  • Easy-to-read text and compelling graphics. Some may want more of a “technical manual” but for the everyday non-techie, I think it works to have more of a “picture book” approach to inspire people to get started on curating their family photos.
  • An overview of the best reasons why Google Photos is best for photo curation including grouping and labeling features.
  • Information on the free vs. “fee” version of Google Photos and why free works for most family historians.
  • A review of various platforms for using Google Photos including iPhone and iPad as well as Android devices.
  • A solid recommendation on what Google Photos settings to use for the best results.
  • How to tackle large photo projects and why digital photos come first vs. print photos. Robison also provides great advice on scanning print photos using both a flatbed scanner and mobile apps.
  • And I LOVE THIS: a section on information and privacy and how Google tracks users! Robison lays out everything needed for you to make an informed decision.
  • Amazing review of advanced features including Albums, Events and even Facial Recognition – who knew this was available in Google Photos?

Conclusion

I’m an author who tries to break down complex concepts and programs into useful information for users, especially those who tend to be technically challenged. So I love it when I see other authors try to do the same and succeed! If you’ve ever wanted to get a jump start on that daunting photo curation project, get The Complete Guide to Google Photos and then get started on preserving an important part of your family history. This is your guide for photo curation success.

About The Author: Ben Robison

Ben Robison is one of the founders of Legacy Tale. He has almost 20 years of experience in the IT industry where he spent much of his time making sure that computers did what people needed (rather than betray and/or antagonize them).

He believes that using technology can be a tremendous aid in the preserving and retelling of family and personal histories, and helping people to understand and use those technologies is something he enjoys.

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Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.

©2017, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.