Basket Cloud StorageYour unlimited online backup too slow? Too expensive? Too complicated? I’m trying Basket Cloud Storage and so far I’m happy.

It’s everything I like about online backup and nothing I don’t. … [continued]

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Preserving Image Quality

by JL Beeken on 9-07-2013

Besides scanning originals using best practices, the other way to preserve image quality is to not make it any worse.

I’m speaking of the JPGs we download from various online databases, family trees, photo-sharing sites, etc. … [continued]

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Backups: External & Online

by JL Beeken on 9-06-2013

If you don’t have time-staggered file backups yet in different locations, you’re not paying attention to the ongoing litany of file-loss disasters. … [continued]

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User IDs & MRINs | Legacy Family Tree

by JL Beeken on 8-24-2013

If you’re filing by MRIN in Legacy, you’ll find it useful to put your MRINs in the User ID field. That way you can show them on some of the name lists instead of the default RINs. I find the Name List particularly useful. … [continued]

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Source Detail | Legacy Family Tree

by JL Beeken on 8-05-2013

Legacy Family TreeThis is a simple thing to do with Source Detail in Legacy that keeps things straighter than they might be otherwise. Sometimes I find the detail of one source is slightly different from another. Not totally different, just slightly off. … [continued]

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I recently inherited a ‘multimedia’ folder – an assortment of over 7,000 photos and records with virtually no identification. … [continued]

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Genealogy Crime Series #1: Scanning Photos

by JL Beeken on 7-29-2013

People generally think that not citing your sources is the worst genealogical crime in existence. It isn’t. The worst crime, IMO, is scanning photos at their original size and saving them as JPG. … [continued]

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Legacy Family TreeThe preamble to this is a long story so I’ll go straight to the punch line. How do you choose your export options for a Legacy file? … [continued]

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Legacy Family TreeSince Tessa Keough gave me such high praise in her latest LVUG hangout called Search the Internet with Legacy for something I haven’t even done … showing how to create a custom search string … and raising your expectations sky-high, I’d better get to it. … [continued]

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MRIN Filing System+ for Genealogy

by JL Beeken on 6-21-2013

MRIN Filing SystemThis post was originally published in October 2006.

The paper-based MRIN filing system was developed by Karen Clifford about 35 years ago. My contribution to it is a digital filing system also using MRINs.

It was quite laborious (in retrospect) and I have since greatly streamlined this process. Watch the FREE PowerPoint presentation (updated 2014) that goes through the whole thing from A to Z.

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