Published: Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:23
At the July 2015 Daytime meeting Walter Wood spoke on DNA for Genealogy. He covered the three main DNA tests and the three companies providing DNA testing for genealogists. He also spoke on his own experiences with DNA testing and how it helped advance one of the lines he was working on. Additionally, two YouTube videos on DNA from Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems show were shown. After the presentation there was a discussion on DNA testing.
Walter's presentation can be found at http://cfgs.org/images/files/handouts/my-experience-with-dna-for-genealogy.pdf. It includes links to the Genealogy Gems videos along with links to items he discussed in his presentation.
Published: Friday, 31 July 2015 10:08
Microsoft Office Lens for iPhone and Android
Office Lens was launched on Windows Phone over a year ago and is now available as an app for Apple and Android devices. Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner. It works with OneNote and OneDrive so you'll never lose a scan. You can use it to take pictures of legal documents, pages from books, receipts, business cards, whiteboards or sticky notes—then let Office Lens crop, enhance and save to OneDrive in the format(s) you choose. Just like that—all the scanned images you capture from Office Lens are accessible on all your devices. (I assume Office Lens is similar to Evernote's Scanner app only supported on Apple devices although it appears to do much more than Scanner)
Office Lens should be a great tool for anyone's genealogy toolbox, especially when you are at a location where a copy machine is not available, you are not allowed to copy documents, can't get a document to lay flat, or have to photograph it from an angle. Where Office Lens cannot recognize an area in a document as text, it will save that area in place as an image so the document is preserved in its original layout.
Below are some of the features Office Lens supports:
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Published: Sunday, 30 August 2015 18:22
Free State Research Guides from Ancestry.com
Learning about the history and what resources are available for the places your ancestor lived can give your research a solid boost. The Ancestry.com State Research Guide series includes historical background, a chronology, helpful information on census and vital record availability, highlighted collection for that place on Ancestry.com, and links to important resources beyond Ancestry.com. By clicking on a state you can view and/or download the guide for that state.
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