Family-Research Blog

A part-time genealogist with mutterings on current topics of his interest, and ideas for for the future. Also home to a few One-Name Surname studies.

Name: A Part-Time Genealogist
Location: United Kingdom

2008-02-04

Photographs

Those inside the family know that I have one or two photographs (to put it mildly) waiting to be digitised. This has caused much discussion, and some argument, between myself and my brother - for one of us is a purist, the other a short-term practical achiever.

Topics such as "How to scan a photograph", "What resolution", and, in particular, "What format to save it in", garner many derisive comments! Unfortunately, though I often remember opinions expressed my those more learned than myself, I quickly forget who, or where, or when. It does not make debating your point easy!

Back to the topic in hand. Scanning your photographs...

Everyone (well, almost everyone - Mother still has problems knowing how to use a mouse and send an email...) recognises a JPEG. Most software will use this image format as the default, and some even exclusively. But PLEASE, do not scan photo's and save them as JPEG's. There will be a whole ream of pages on this site devoted to this issue eventually (and I'll link them from here when I've done), but in the mean time this post will have to convey the message...
Scan images at a minimum of 600 dpi, and save the file as a TIFF
This will, unfortunately, result in a large file, but it is most certainly necessary. And, if you use a digital camera, you should see if you can save it as a RAW file.

For more, and copious information of interest, please visit The Practical Archivist. There will be more links posted later...

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The Part-Time Genealogist Returns...

Appallingly, the site has not really been maintained for a while now. That's not to say nothing has been done at all - it just seems that way!

Direct research has taken a little of a back seat just lately. After years of collecting data, I have come to the conclusion that I have no sensible method of utilising the information that I have - in particular, there is no method of cross referencing locations, and flagging up areas of geographical research.

This is all down to software. After many years of looking for the 'perfect' system, I have ended up using Gramps as my primary storage system. It's not perfect, but it is a whole lot better than all the other systems I have come across. We use The Next Generation as a website front-end (which causes me a little annoyance in keeping the two systems synchronised), and, in the main, this suits well enough.

However ...

As far as I know, the management of information about places and locations, as opposed to people, is sadly lacking. TNG's method is non-existant, and the method adopted by Gramps is complicated, unintuitive, and ultimately ineffective.

As a result, I have now started a project that has been brewing for many, many years (due to unrelated deficiencies). The subjects, currently, are cemeteries and graveyards located within the Greater London and Warwickshire / Worcestershire areas. Everything will be located in a hierarchical tree, according to their Chapman code.

What will be particularly interesting, and unique, will be that the whole lot will be stored and presented as XML data. Without going into too much detail, it's all going to mean that data is going to be a lot easier to find, and navigate...

Watch this space! And, if you can give me a hand (by checking I have the cemeteries in the correct locations, for example), please drop me a line.

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