Are You “Winning” When it Comes to Genealogy?

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What is your definition of “winning” when it comes to your genealogy?

Recently, a very wise (and well-known) genealogist told me this: “The search for your family history is a marathon, not a sprint.” I’ve been reflecting on those words all this week, and here’s what they mean to me:

  • I need to prepare myself for a long, worthwhile journey as I research and discover new finds.
  • I need to “stay in shape” as a researcher and make sure I am consuming the best websites, resources and tools.
  • I am making an investment in my family history, with every dollar and every hour I spend researching.
  • I need to have a positive, winning attitude.

Are you in it to win?

After years of being a technical trainer, working with mostly older adults, I know that “attitude” trumps “aptitude” when it comes to winning. I always told my students that I’d rather work with someone who had a good attitude towards learning and trying new things yet knew little or nothing of the subject matter. Every once in a while I’d get stuck with a “know it all” who supposedly knew everything and was just a Negative Nellie. They dragged down the entire class and sucked all the enjoyment out of learning.

My belief when it comes to doing genealogy: You’ve got to be in it for the long haul, you’ve got to have a positive attitude, you’ve got to know your resources and options, and you’ve got to be in it to win. Otherwise, why bother?

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I’ve found myself using MyHeritage more and more instead of my $300 Ancestry World Subscription, especially with some of the “New Ancestry” issues. I get access to newspapers from NewspaperArchive.com (that’s a $198 value all by itself!). I get alerted to new finds through Record Matches and Smart Matches. And now with the new Global Name Translation™ technology, I’m getting even more leads to win! ACT NOW! THIS OFFER EXPIRES JULY 31ST!

The Genealogy Fairy is a genealogy-focused grants program working to make family history dreams come true!

Don’t Forget! A Percentage of Sales go to The Genealogy Fairy!

While I started the concept of giving back 5% of my affiliate income to the genealogy community in April, I’ve decided to not only include ALL of my affiliate income going back to the start of 2015, but also to just count affiliate revenue, which means it is calculated BEFORE expenses such as Mail Chimp, etc.. Right now that means there is over $1,500 in The Genealogy Fairy™ fund for genealogy society projects, community indexing projects and more!

Read more about The Genealogy Fairy™ here and on August 1, 2015 I’ll announce how individuals and organizations can apply for a “wish grant” from The Genealogy Fairy™!

Update: The Genealogy Fairy

The Genealogy Fairy is a genealogy-focused grants program working to make family history dreams come true!

Back in late March 2015, I announced a new concept as part of my genealogy business: The Genealogy Fairy. For 2015, I have seen a huge increase in business revenue related to affiliate marketing (where I receive a percentage of sales made via Amazon, MyHeritage and other vendors). I wanted a way to say “thank you” to those who continue to support my business and believe in what I do to improve the way we search for our family history.

What Is The Genealogy Fairy™?

My original commitment was to set aside 5% of affiliate income (after expenses like MailChimp etc.) for some type of grant program. These grants would be awarded through an application process and fund genealogy-related programs. Since the original announcement, I’ve decided on two fundamental changes:

  • I will fund the grants based on REVENUE not INCOME – meaning whatever I get paid via affiliate marketing, not after deducting expenses. These expenses would include Mail Chimp, Facebook ads and any other items used to promote my offers.
  • I will include ALL of my 2015 affiliate revenue, not just from April 2015 going forward.

This means that the current funding for The Genealogy Fairy™ grants is approximately $1,500!

Who Can Apply for a Grant from The Genealogy Fairy™?

The Genealogy Fairy™ grants are open to all genealogical and historical organizations, especially non-profits, and to individual genealogists who seek to fund specific projects related to genealogy and family history. Examples include:

  • Indexing projects or record preservation efforts led by organizations and/or individuals.
  • Genealogy society events such as workshops, conferences, and webinars.
  • Business and entrepreneurial launches, especially genealogy-related startups.
  • Publishing projects for organizations and individuals.
  • Continuing education for individuals in order to build specific skill sets. This includes attending a genealogical conference, application fees for certification, etc.

Application Process

The application process begins on August 1st, 2015 and the first grant will be awarded in September 2015. Applicants will complete a basic form online and all applicants will be notified of receipt of their application. If more information is required, The Genealogy Fairy™ will follow up via e-mail.

Selection Process

Selection decisions are final and are based on the merit of the project/cause, the qualifications of the organization or individual, and are made solely by Thomas MacEntee of High-Definition Genealogy.

Selection Announcement

Those selected to receive a grant from The Genealogy Fairy™ will be required to submit a brief marketing bio and photo for publicity purposes.

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Stay tuned for the announcement of The Genealogy Fairy™ application process on August 1, 2015 right here at GeneaBloggers.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Hacked Photo Centers and Scanning Options for Genealogy

The recent news of Costco and Sam's Club shutting down their photo centers due to hackers means a new set of options for scanning family genealogy photos.

A Recent Hacking Scandal Impacts the Genealogy World

In the past few weeks, several of the big warehouse stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club have had to shut down their online photo centers due to the hacking of a third-party provider. It all started when the provider for CVS photo services was hacked; it turns out that many retailers use this same provider for their own customer’s online photo processing needs.

What Do I Do If I’ve Used a Hacked Online Photo Service?

If you have been using the CVS Photo Center online or one of the other online photo centers affected, you should first make sure you are using a reliable credit monitoring service.

If you have been using the CVS Photo Center online or one of the other online photo centers affected, you should first make sure you are using a reliable credit monitoring service.  Usually, when a site has been hacked, to reduce their liability, a vendor will offer their existing customers one or two years of FREE credit monitoring. If so, take advantage of this offer.

What Are My Options for Photo Scanning Now?

The next thing to do is to explore your options for photo scanning and processing.

  • Do-It-Yourself: Many family historians, upon being given a large box of photos, negatives and slides, seek to do their own scanning. This means using existing scanning apparatus (usually a flatbed scanner or an “all in one” printer/scanner combo) or purchasing a new device. Keep in mind that as a DIYer, you are responsible for understanding the technology and the settings. One piece of equipment used by many genealogists is the Jumbl 22MP All-In-1 Film & Slide Scanner w/ Speed-Load Adapters for 35mm Negative & Slides, 110, 126, & Super 8 Films now 50% off at Amazon. But what if you have a HUGE amount to scan or you don’t have the time?

Are you sitting on a collection of old 35mm slides, 8mm or 16mm home movies, or perhaps boxes of photo negatives? I hope you realize that the material breaks down over the years . . . that’s why it is so important to scan and digitize those materials as soon as possible. The Jumbl High-Resolution Scanner handles many media types and does not require a computer or software – you can scan right to its internal memory or memory card! Right now the Jumbl, which has high ratings, is 50% off at Amazon – only $99!

  • Local Vendors: You could use a local vendor, but one main drawback is evaluating the reputation of their work. Not all scanning shops are alike! Carefully check the technical specs and ask questions such as “Are you using a rapid scanner, and if so, what is the final resolution of each photo?” and “What file formats do you scan photos to?” Also, check the store’s privacy policy in terms of storing credit card information. Better yet, pay with cash!
  • Other Online Vendors: Again, it comes down to reputation when selecting any online vendor for photo scanning. Not only should you ask about their privacy policy, but also get references or recommendations from past customers as to the quality of their work.

Larsen Digital – A Trusted Photo Resource for Genealogists

15¢ Photo Scanning to Digital Format - Exclusive Offer for Fans and Friends of GeneaBloggers: Converting photos to digital has never been easier! Just send in your loose photos to Larsen Digital and they will put them on a disc for just 15¢ per photo! Now is the time to stop procrastinating and pull out your boxes of photos and finally get them all converted to digital. All you need to do is get them to Larsen Digital and they will take care of the rest- creating high quality digital images from all your photos.

One online vendor that has a solid reputation and history of working with genealogists (they are based in Salt Lake City, after all), is Larsen Digital. I have personally used their services for photo scanning and retouching; the process is amazingly simple and at every step of the way, I felt that not only were my precious family photos safe, but also my personal information. Larsen Digital is a family-run business with superior customer service and they treated me as a friend and showed that they appreciated my business.  When was the last time you found that in any business, online or in-person?

Click here for a recent review of Larsen Digital and the wide variety of services they offer for not just photos, but also the digitization of audio and video tapes, slides, film negatives, home movies and more!

TWO Special Offers from Larsen Digital

This week I called up Larsen Digital and we discussed the issues involved with the recent photo center hacking. As a result, we came up with two different offers for followers of GeneaBloggers!

10% Off Photo and Slide Scanning – use promo code Thomas2015 and save – via Larsen Digital

  • 15¢ Photo Scanning to Digital Format – Exclusive Offer for Fans and Friends of GeneaBloggers: Converting photos to digital has never been easier! Just send in your loose photos to Larsen Digital and they will put them on a disc for just 15¢ per photo! Now is the time to stop procrastinating and pull out your boxes of photos and finally get them all converted to digital. All you need to do is get them to Larsen Digital and they will take care of the rest- creating high quality digital images from all your photos. Click here for the PDF form with instructions on how to take advantage of this great offer!

FREE return shipping on all orders over $100. Photos will be scanned at 300 DPI Jpeg and saved on a disc. This deal has been extended to August 15th (disregard the expiration date of June 30th on the PDF order form).

Restrictions: To protect the scanner and the photos, this offer is valid on:

– Photos sized 3×5 – 8×10
– Photos must Be Loose
– Photos need to be in good condition
– No Sticky adhesive residue
– Photos can’t be cut into odd shapes
– This special price can’t be combined with other coupons or discounts

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.