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The Free Monthly Genealogy Newsletter
September 2020 Issue


Enforced time at home means we also have time to tackle long-term projects. 

This month's issue of 
First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane offers several tips for scanning family photographs and records. 

Do it once and do it right is the motto of professional archivists, who know that they will never have time to redo their work. Let's dive in and see how to best scan your precious family photos. 

Recommended Desktop Scanner

Consider upgrading from that multi-function printer/scanner/fax you probably are using.

If you have a large or ongoing collection to scan, a dedicated desktop scanner offers better quality scans and more features that make big projects go faster, like auto-cropping multiple images scanned at the same time.

My pick for job like this is the Epson Perfection V600 Color Photo, Image, Film, Negative & Document Scanner. It has a large flatbed (a must for fragile photos and records).
ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR is the best home software you can use for optical character recognition (OCR), auto-creating transcriptions of printed records. 

Use this affiliate link to purchase the Epson Perfection V600 for $220. This scanner sold out quickly at the beginning of the lockdown, but it's now back in stock. 

Scan Using .tif Format

Select the .tif (TIFF Tagged Image File Format) when scanning to create a master image. The .tif format is "lossless," which means it is more stable than other image file formats. 

Convert image file formats using MacOS Preview or Windows Photos (formerly Photo Viewer). Save your master .tif file and generate smaller-sized .jpg file for sharing or uploading. 

Read More Sassy Jane Blog Posts About Scanning
Scan .tifs at High Resolution
If the item you're scanning is in good shape, you can set the resolution (PPI - Pixels Per Inch) to 200. If the image is in bad shape (faded, creased, stained), scan at 300 PPI or greater. Use 24-bit color for records and color photographs; use 16-bit grayscale for black-and-white images. 

Cataloging Digital Family Photographs is a step-by-step guide to scan, caption, organize, store, and safeguard your digital family photographs and records.

With help from this Sassy Jane e-book, you can finally tame those family photos.

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That's it for the September issue of First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane

Next month, in honor of Oktoberfest, I'll feature German records and resources. 

Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and have fun with your genealogy research this month. 

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