by Moises Garza

January 9, 2015

Last Names of Nuevo Leon

They are bulky and take up allot of space. You never seem to have them on hand when you really need one and even clutter your home office. In my lifetime I have bought thousands of books (not genealogy related) and they all ended up in book shelf’s that I would just stare at. Later on the ended up in bins that I recently gave to my sister in law. She is a teacher and said she would give them away to her high school kids. I hope she did, on the flip side my garage is much more emptier.

Years ago before giving away those books, I thought to my self, “I am never buying another book again. I just buy them and never pick them up. What a waste.” Well long story short I started to buy books once more, but only genealogy books. Specially the ones that were about South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. About the same time I had bought my first kindle, it was the hottest thing around at the time. All your books at your fingertips and thousands of books in one device. It was nothing short of Amazing. I was in love with it.

I thought, “This is great how do I get my books in here?” Turns out that it is pretty difficult to make Kindle books but not to digitize a book. I, through trial an error found that it was much simpler to digitize a book, put it into PDF format, and place it on an android tablet (I own a Galaxy Tab 2).

Digitize Your Genealogical Books

Within the next couple of weeks I will be writing a series of blog posts about how I do it to digitize my own books and provide arguments as to why I think you should do it too. I will take you from the equipment that I use all the way as to how to read them on any android device. I will also show you how I digitize images, maps and books at my local archive. I will post the first article next week on Monday and it is titled “Why You Should Scan Your Genealogy Books”. If this is something that interests you make sure to be on the look out for these posts. Talk to you next week.

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About the author 

Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog We Are Cousins, and the Mexican Genealogy blog. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on Facebook. To contact me or book me for a presentation, buy my books, and or learn more about me visit my personal website at www.moisesgarza.com.

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    1. Alfredo, I am looking forward to buying your book, if there is also an e-book even better. I am sure I will not make a dent on the sales of your book since I plan on telling everyone about it. As a matter of fact I would like to extend to you an invitation to make a guest post about your book once you release it. The We Are Cousins community would surely enjoy it and also support you. We need more people like you and I applaud you for your blog and efforts to bring to light obscure history of our beloved South Texas. If you are self publishing let me know. I can help you get it published in print, e-book, and kindle format. Good luck and best wishes.

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