I use my camera to record all images from books and microfilm. It’s faster than a portable scanner (this is my observation) and the images come out very clear. Here is a sample. And, please note that these images have been cropped, but they have not yet been enhanced in any way.
(CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
You’re home. Now what?
Once I arrive home I remove my camera card from the camera and transfer all images to my desktop computer. I also transfer them to two portable hard drives and to Dropbox. You cannot have too many backups.
NOTE: During my various trips to conduct genealogy research I have developed the habit of copying all images from my camera card to my laptop each day. That way should your camera card fail, you have a backup. This time I even brought along one of my portable hard drives and copied them to it each evening, as well as the laptop. I copy the images in the original order they appear on the camera card. Then, I create folders of each day and copy the images from that day into the folder. Sometimes I will even create folders of different locations such as states or countries. But, the one thing I always want is the original pictures in order, uncropped and unenhanced.
I have a special digital folder on my desktop for my trips to various libraries, whether local or out of state or country.
What I worked on today was going into each of the individual day folders and cropping the images. I won’t be using every image I have recorded so, I don’t worry about changing the color tone or enhancing them in any way. Right now all I want to do is crop off all that excess area. If I decide to use the image I will make enhancements at that time.
You can clearly see that the images look much better after they are cropped.
The next step I take will be to begin going through each of these images to glean information from them and do any follow up research necessary. This is the hard, but fun, work that must be done after a research trip. I will record the information as proper sources and enter the images into my Legacy database.
NOTE: It is very important to take a photo of the cover and/or title page of each book, BEFORE you photograph any pages. The same thing is true of each microfilm you use. It does us no good to have page 465 from a particular book and not know the name of that book.
How many pictures did I take during my 4 days at the FHL? 250
How does that compare to my trip back in 2011 when I was there for 5 days? Amazingly, I took 880 photos on that first trip. I might have gotten a little bit carried away, don’t you think?
DID I PROPERLY PROCESS AND USE ALL OF THOSE IMAGES FROM THE FIRST TRIP? NO!
I really don’t want to make the same mistake this time. Once we get sidetracked it’s very difficult to go back. At least for me it is. How about you?
I would love to hear about your research trips.
- How do you process the information you’ve gathered once you’ve returned home?
- Have you ever taken a trip and then not completely utilized all the information you gathered?
- Do you have an organized method for storing your gathered information, either digitally or physically?
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