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I love the checklist the 21COFH gives this time. It great way to process old photos. I’ve already worked through all of my old photos, so I took the week to go through my digital photos. My main idea right now is to delete the bad, repetitive photos.

It’s amazing how many pictures that my dad takes. On the trips I’ve been on with my father, I have hundreds of pictures of the same thing, of rocks, of ruins that I don’t remember the name of so I just keep having to go through them again and again and getting them down to a manageable number.

I’ll keep plugging away.

I do have a little project for my grandmother that I need to finish up so maybe I’ll try that one next.

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I’m pretty well stocked up. I did a large project for my grandmother a few months ago that still needs to be completed which covers most of the truly old photos that I have. My other photos are from my lifetime and I’m currently in the process of scanning and organizing them. I’m focusing more on catching up and I’m checking mini-albums off my inventory, one album at a time and so I’ll keep puttering away at that for this weekend.

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I took a slightly different approach and just started with the top of the list. Partially because I don’t have anything that is in desperate need of rescuing. I just started with the first (digital) album and processed it and then did a second file.

Here are the questions/steps that I took:
1) Are they all photos? I’m moving all of my pictures of sources out of my iPhoto and into Evernote. In this case, they were all photos.
2) Delete the terrible photos. It’s easy to delete the blurry shots and bad angles, but I also went through and deleted photos of moments I didn’t need to remember. My first album was a bunch of random shots of my family through the years. Most of these made the cut. Although there were a few, where there were two or three of essentially the same moment, so I picked the best one and deleted the rest. The second album was pictures in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. I’ve gone through this album before and deleted a bunch of photos, but this time I was a bit more merciless. The reality is that no one wants to look through hundreds of shots of flipped over cars and destroyed houses, but it was a significant event for me so I wanted to remember it. I went through and deleted poor shots and got it down to a reasonable number.
3) Label the people
4) Identify the date, place, and occasion
5) Fix up the photos. Crop, Red Eye Reduction etc.
6) Double check that there aren’t any hard copy photos of the same event. I thought that I had print out pictures of Louisiana, but I went through my photos and couldn’t find any so this step was pretty easy.

None of these pictures had anything particular to do with genealogy, but I’m honing my skills and my disorganized mess of pictures has a residual effect on my genealogy so I think it counts.

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21COFH – Take Inventory

This is an excellent idea. The majority of my photos are digital which actually makes it a bit more tough, but I think that I have an excellent inventory going in a note in evernote. Most of my hardcopy photos are all in one place, but I did remember that there were some photos on the wall and also a handful from a leftover project for my grandmother which I forgot to return. For the hard copy photos, the main issue is that I need to scan them and then put them into books. Very few of them are historical photos, but many are irreplaceable.

For my digital files, I’d like to separate them into pictures of documents and traditional pictures. The traditional pictures, I’d like to keep in iPhoto and the pictures of documents I’d like to move to evernote. I have a good inventory of where the pictures and hiding throughout my computer so the next step is to pick out one of the folders and process it until completion.

Finally, I have my wedding photos which are on a paid site out online. I’d like to select a handful of these and make a photo album.

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So I’m going on vacation this week so I won’t be able to do much by way of organization. Fortunately, I have this week’s challenge already completed. I have an office which is just for me. I’ve spent time over the last few months working on my office so its in pretty good shape.

The key elements are a filing cabinet, a bookshelf, a desk and a scanner. I would like to move my scanner so I can scan more easily. I’ve been working on a lot of pictures and I wish the scanner was within arm’s reach of my computer so I could do other things while I scanned and then reach over and flip the project. Putting the scanner on the desk would make the desk too cluttered so I have a bit of a creative challenge.

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21COFH – Week 3

I haven’t been on any research trips in a bit so my camera was all clear. I don’t have a flip pal (although I’d like to get one). I did decide to take the time to move all of my iPhoto document pictures to Evernote. I like the way that iPhoto handles scanned pictures, but I prefer to have all of my sources in Evernote. So that is what I’m working on for the week.

I like Evernote because I first write the source citation and then I add the scanned copies and then if I’ve transcribed the document I add that below. In the past, my scanned images were separate from the citations and the transcription.

Right now, I’m about halfway done, although I’m going to attempt to finish it prior to leaving for vacation on Monday.

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I’ve decided to abandon my hard drive all together and store all of this type of data on Evernote. Evernote makes it really easy to have notebooks and files within the notebooks. It is also very easy to tag. Although to be honest, I don’t use the tags that often. Typically, I just use the search function although I often search within a particular notebook so I know that I’ll limit my search a bit.

Currently, my genealogy related Notebooks are

* Articles – Where I put interesting articles that I’d like to reference again
* Blog – Ideas and information related to this blog. My internet is broken (which happens a lot) and so I’m writing my blog post in Evernote. I’ll cut and paste it into wordpress when the internet fixes itself.
* Checklists – This is a holding tank of sorts which is related to organization. I’m working on standardizing templates and checklists and this is where I put other people’s templates and checklists. Eventually, all of these will be moved over to the Organization section. For example, I had several people’s version of a request log and when I finalized my version, I deleted all the ones in this section
* Class – These are my notes and assignments from the BU course that I just completed. I’ll probably go through these and move some of these to other folders now that the course is completed.
* Current Projects – This a temporary, easy access file for my focus ancestor. Right now, James N. Green from Bertie County. It is also where I put emails from fellow genealogists who are looking for a source or additional information.
* DAR Library – I have several folders that have specific items that I’d like to look at for the next time I am at that repository. I just finished my DAR trip, so I can probably delete most of these items, but I accessed this list from my iPhone and made sure that I pulled all of the books and files that I wanted. I also had the address and the hours stored here for easy reference.
* FHL – Microfilms that I would like to order
* Organization – See checklists
* Library of Congress- Books that I’d like to look at from the Library of Congress
* Links – Interesting links
* Notes – I have a standard title system for these, “Notes for James N. Green.” This is where I put my general notes that haven’t been finalized, outstanding questions, and ideas that pop into my head.
* Other’s Research – Emails and pdf’s from other genealogists in my family and things I’ve found online. I keep these separate because they are not really sources, but I still like to have them handy.
* Places – I may have to break this one down more, but these are place specific websites and information.
* Progen – Files and assignments related to the progen course
* Requests – These are not pending requests, but instructions on how to make requests at different agencies. I’ve found that it is easier to keep them on Evernote then to continue to reference them on their webpages.
* Sources – This is where I store scans and pdfs of sources. I like Evernote for this because I put the citation on the first few lines and then add the file and it is all stored together. This is also my main goal for the year. A number of my sources are stored in iPhoto and I’d like to move them all to Evernote and make sure that they are properly cited.

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