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Offline Berlin-Bob

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Re: Going Digital - How Do I ?
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 13 March 18 14:28 GMT (UK) »
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That's my sort of thing ! What other free sites are there, and/or how do I find them ?

There is an (older) topic here, that will help. Last checked in 2013 but many of the links will still be available.

Topic: What's Free on the Net - Part 2
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=337212.0
It's worth repeating the last comment of that topic here:
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Just a reminder for anybody else looking that ALL the resources boards on Rootschat are, effectively "What's Free on the Net" - it was thought much tider to have resources boards arranged by county etc..

In general, browsing the board "Useful Links" (http://www.rootschat.com/forum/useful-links/ ) should bring up lots of ... dare I say it ? ... useful (and free) links :)

Good luck,
Bob

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Re: Going Digital - How Do I ?
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 13 March 18 16:31 GMT (UK) »
Hi, newbeginings:

Websites that offer digitized newspaper archives can be an excellent resource as well.

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Re: Going Digital - How Do I ?
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 13 March 18 19:39 GMT (UK) »
Thanks all.  You've given me plenty homework to get on with !!!  :)

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Re: Going Digital - How Do I ?
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 13 March 18 23:34 GMT (UK) »
I would suggest downloading a free version of RootsMagic, or any software of your choice, and playing with it for a while. Start by entering your name, then your parents, etc. until you get the 'feel' of it. That's what I did, except there were no downloads back then so I bought a cheap family tree program on CD, then tried a few others which were given away with magazines, eventually settling on RootsMagic.

Most programs let you export a GEDCOM file of your data which can then be imported into a different program if you find one you like better.

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Re: Going Digital - How Do I ?
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 13 March 18 23:59 GMT (UK) »
Plenty of good advice already but my first thought would be to ensure you have backups of your paper research. It could take a while to transfer into a digital system and it'd be a shame to lose it (eg flood, fire etc) before you completed the transfer.

A scanner, digital camera or even smart phone (if it has a decent camera) should suffice, and all should be reasonably quick. If you use a smart phone there are plenty of scanner apps that process images to improve the output files (eg straighten, crop, colour correction).
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Re: Going Digital - How Do I ?
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 14 March 18 00:26 GMT (UK) »
Really good point re the paper backups ! Guess what I'm going to be doing with my individual index sheets and tree on a roll of wallpaper tomorrow !