If you are familiar with genealogy you are also familiar with the question of 'Why?'. Genealogy is a task which is theoretically unending and, if we are going to be truthful, one that seems under-appreciated by those who do not share the interest. The family genealogist often has to justify their efforts to others, and occasionally to themselves. It might be thousands of hours of work. Why would anyone do it?
I have been using genealogy software to organize myself since the beginning. I found that trying to keep paper organized was too challenging and as I didn't know anything about how to perform the research I found using software designed for the process immediately gave me good habits.
When you are presenting family history to people they find lists of names and dates less interesting and things like stories and photos to be more interesting. The biggest challenge can be photos because the knowledge of who was captured in a photo and why the photo was taken can easily be lost.
There are organizations out in the world who recognize the importance of preserving family and region histories and making them available to researchers. Luckily for genealogists these organizations are gathering these essentially rare published works and converting them into digital versions and making them available on the internet.
Here are some of the resources which I have stumbled upon or been provided. I am forever grateful.
I hope that in your search for family history you will be lucky enough to encounter the works of others that supply you with research.
When I have come across newspaper articles, obituaries and books that contain important information I prefer to take both an image copy of the item as well as capture the actual text. Having the actual text allows for searching as well as copy-and-paste. My problem has always been the getting the actual text off of the paper and into my computer. What is the best way?
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