Category Archives: Genealogy Software

Batch Download FamilySearch Documents With FastFilm and Decrease Your Genealogical Research Times

Last month Taco Goulooze shared the link to FastFilm on Google+, if you have not used this utility you are missing out big time. You may be asking yourself, What is FastFilm? It is a small utility that will let you download Batch Images from FamilySearch.

You may ask your self, Why do I need this? Simply put, to speed up and be more efficient when searching for a particular document in a set of documents. As you may be aware of, just trying to view an image using your browser on FamilySearch may take up to 30 seconds to a minute to load. Imagine doing this if you do not have a date or and have to go document by document.

After installing FastFile you will be able to download the set of images where the document you are looking for may be. Believe me the download speeds are fast. After it finishes you will be able to browse through the images superfast without the loading times that you would get otherwise.

Just ensure that you have hard drive space since each image is on average about 1.5 megabyte big.

You can visit the developers page for more information or to download the program on the following link.

 http://students.cs.byu.edu/~jbejaran/FastFilm/        

Enjoy!!!

 

Photo Cutter 1.0 – A Simple No Fuss Image Cutter

Screen Shot of Program

Some times when scanning images the cropping function does not work properly and you end up with a big image that contains several images. Trying to cut them with a traditional image editor can be consuming. This is were this small and free little tool comes into play. Once you load an image and select the destination folder all you do is click the desired image on a corner and drag to the opposite corner and you get a perfect preview of the cut out and if you like it click save and repeat.

I also like to use this tool to help me cut out the records of my ancestors since as you know that an image obtained from family search may contain up to 10 different entries.

Another use that I have is when scanning books it is perfect to trim the unwanted margins of the scanned pages before reassembling it into a pdf document. Many of the images posted in this blog are cut out using this tool.

Well just wanted to let you know about this tool in case that you have not heard about it. If interested here is the down link.

http://download.cnet.com/Photo-Cutter/3000-2192_4-11004577.html

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Manage your Genealogy E-books with Calibre E-book Management Software

If you are like me, and I am pretty sure most of you are, your Genealogy E-book collection is growing. Well check out Calibre! It is a free e-book management software that can get the description to your e-books and covers. The way I like to see it, it is my own library on my computer. 
What I really like about it is that it can handle almost any file type as mobi, txt, pdf, and many more. It can also convert them from one file format to another. Best of all it connects to your kindle to easily transfer the ebooks to it.
Calibre, also creates a website with your collection, thus making it accessible from anywhere. Sure there is some tinkering involved but it can be done. That is the preferred methot I get my ebooks from my collection to my kindle.

By the way did I mention that it is free!! Well what are you waiting check them out.

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CutePDF- PDF Printer for Genealogy

CutePDF is a pdf printer software that installs as a regular printer. When you find a post, obituary, board, or website that you need printed without wasting paper, just press print and select cutePDF printer and it will automatically print it into pdf format. I have been using it for over a year now. Whenever I find anything of importance I print it as a pdf and attach it to my genealogy database. The following is a description from their website:

Convert to PDF documents on the fly — for Free! Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world.  CutePDF Writer is the free version of commercial PDF converter software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to convert to professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button!

FREE for commercial and non-commercial use!  No watermarks!  No Popup Web Ads! – www.cutepdf.com

Download CutePDF

Thanks to this little tool I have completely gone paperless and have everything saved on my computer.

In case you need more help installing or using this software check out the videos available at you tube.

Another Great Tool for your Genealogy Research

An invaluable tool when doing my Genealogy Research is a piece of software called “Search” it is made by Sandman Software. Their websites description is:

Searches text files for strings and combination of strings. Has useful or / and / and not search combinations, and can also use regular expressions. New in version 3, is the built-in viewer / editor that highlights the matched strings and lines.

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I have been using this software for about four years, and the way that I use it is mainly to search text based databases that I have accumulated throughout the years, for example vital records, voter lists, indexes of census, and others. It displays the line of text where there is a match and it searches multiple documents at the same time.

Try it out right now they have a 30 day trial period and if it serves your needs SadMan Software Search is priced at $29.00 for a personal or corporate single-user license. I usually don’t spend money but this is the only software that I have found that gets the job done. If anyone has a free alternative that does the same job as this software let me know.

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Disclaimer: I am in no way or manner affiliated in any form or manner with this website, try out before you buy. Just wanted to share software that can be useful to any family historian or genealogist.

Abstracting and Transcribing Genealogical Documents

Abstracting and transcribing Genealogical documents is very important and sometimes crucial. You always want to verify your sources and what better way than finding an original document and either abstracting or transcribing it. Not to mention that things you will find when taking the time to read the documents, are priceless.

As you may have already noticed I do a lot of transcribing and the following listed resources were fundamental to helping me decipher those old handwritten documents.

I do not intend nor will I do a tutorial on how or the importance of Abstracting & Transcribing Genealogical Documents but I will point you in the right direction, just follow these steps:

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  • Use Transcript 2.3 or Genscriber depending on your needs, both are free for personal non commercial use. Lately I have just been using Transcript since it helps me get the job done.

Remember always add your abstracts or transcriptions to your genealogical database. i also attach a copy of the image and make sure that I cite it properly for future reference. I hope that this helps you out. Any suggestions on this subject please let me know.