Videos for Genealogists

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Photo Restoration

I really loved doing this video because working with old images is one of my favorite hobbies. I make it simple for you to learn how to fix and rescue your worn, torn or moldy photos. No previous photo editing experience is needed. Be prepared to be amazed at what you can accomplish with free online tools and a few easy photo editing tricks.

What you’ll learn:

  • Scanning for best results
  • Tips to rescue worn, torn, faded images
  • Free online photo editing tools you can use
  • How to digitally remove mold from images
  • How to work with damage to facial features

10 Simple Strategies for Using towers above the competition as the most comprehensive online genealogy tool on the web. Its major content collections include US censuses, vital records, immigration records, military records, newspapers and city directories, not to mention the incredible number of online family trees. With a database this vast, it only makes sense to practice and employ as many simple strategies, quick tips and search hacks as possible to jump-start your family research adventure. In this hour-long presentation, Nancy Hendrickson, author of Discover Your Family History Online, will give your experience an efficiency makeover.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to analyze matches and search results
  • What to make of public and private family trees
  • How to account for spelling variations and index errors
  • How to make the most of DNA research
  • How to supplement your research with old and historical maps
  • And much more!

Historical Books on the Web: Millions of Tomes at Your Fingertips OnDemand Webinar

I have found more information than I could ever have imagined via old books on the Web. Today, with internet access, a genealogist can search millions of books with the click of a mouse. This webinar will show you how to access family histories, genealogies and place-based books to track down ancestors and learn about the times they lived in. Plus: Can¹t find a book about your family? No luck locating a certain title online? Tell us your quandary – Nancy will demo her techniques on questions submitted in advance by registrants.*

What you¹ll learn:

  • What you can learn about your family in historical books
  • Where to find free books
  • How to search books on the Web

Photo Editing and Retouching for Genealogists OnDemand Webinar

Digital photography tools are essential for genealogists–not only for capturing family memories now, but also for preserving, retouching and editing historical photos. From scanning and uploading these pictures to your computer, to fixing damaged areas and reprinting, this hour-long webinar from genealogy technology expert Nancy Hendrickson will revive and reinvigorate your family photo collection.

What you’ll learn:

  • what apps, programs and free online software exist for editing and retouching photos (and how to use them)
  • how to edit photos on mobile devices
  • how to efficiently and effectively scan photos and documents
  • how to organize photos on your computer
  • what methods exist for reprinting photos once they’ve been edited or retouched
  • what different types of historical photos exist and how to handle them (daguerreotype, tintype, etc.);

Build a Family Website Independent Study Course (Download)

Format: eBook, NOT video

Whether you’re organizing the family reunion, writing about your family’s history or trying to track down lost kin, you need a website. This course will teach you how to build a family website using free resources in just four weeks. Web expert Nancy Hendrickson will guide the way, and by the end of the class, you’ll be ready to launch your website.

What you’ll learn:

  • The essential language of the Web
  • The basic pieces of a family website and how to post content
  • How to create a website using free blogging platforms
  • How to get family members to help you with the website

Who should take this independent study course?

  • Family historians who’d like to share their research with the world
  • People with spread-out families who’d like to reconnect with lost kin
  • Anyone who’d like to build a website in less than a month!

Finding Photos of Your Family History

As you can probably tell, I’m a photo-geek. I love taking pictures and I love finding pictures – particularly ones of places my family lived or things they might have seen or done. If you’re seeking some historical snapshots to flash up your family website, or pictures to punch up your genealogy research, this one’s for you.

Learn how to raid Flickr, the Library of Congress and other sites for free images, as well as need-to-know info regarding copyright.

Digitize Your Genealogy Documents

30 minutes Virtual Conference Presentation

Are you getting the highest quality possible from your genealogy document and photo scans? Learn how to safely remove photos or documents from old albums, prepare them for scanning, scan at different resolution settings, and organize your images.

What you’ll learn:

  • Ways to safely remove photos from old albums
  • How to prepare documents for scanning Types of scanners
  • What scanner settings to use What to scan
  • How to organize your digital files

Save Your Family Stories - 10 Easy Steps

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