Why Journaling Is Important

Vital records and DNA can only tell us so much about an ancestor. It’s the photographs, letters, diaries and journals that bring them to life. Those of us lucky enough to inherit any of these from our ancestors are delighted to have a closer look into their world.

Today we have many ways to quickly capture a moment and share it with others. Our cameras will automatically embed the date, time and often location for us. With a little bit of effort, we can add a few words to better describe what is happening in each photo. This is journaling. What do you add? Consider the things you would love to know about the old photos in your collection and use that to help you describe today’s pics.

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What you see here is a photo I have “doctored” to look more like a painting. It got doctored because the original was very faded and needed help. Once the image looked the way I wanted it, I used the Collect app [iPhone – $1.99] to create the frame and add a title and caption. The date was automatically pulled from the photo’s metadata.

This is journaling. It didn’t take long to add the paragraph of information about this photo. Collect is just one of a number of journaling apps that make it easy to create eye-catching stories. Once you get into the journaling habit, your collection of little stories will quickly become a family history.

Adding Checklists to a Scrivener Project

Build a writing support section in your Scrivener project with checklists http://wp.me/pUz7q-3dO

Building on the idea to include writing and editing support within my Scrivener project, I’ve found a very nice proofreading guide thanks to Indiana University. By saving it as a web archive file, I was able to easily incorporate it into the Style Guide section of my project. For more information on web archive files – and how to use them in Scrivener – see Setting Up a Scrivener Project. Other…

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Scribd Desktop Uploader

If you have a number of documents to upload to Scribd, the web-based uploader can make it a tedious process. Thank goodness there’s a free Scribd Uploader desktop app to make bulk uploads much easier. All you do is click the plus button to add documents to the upload list. Select a document, then click the Information button to display the slide-out details pane and enter your metadata. There’s…

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Google for Non-Profits

Google for Non-Profits …

Google offers many tools for genealogy research, but there are also a number of tools that can improve society operations and support your membership. Even better, Google offers non-profit organizations an amazing array of tools for free or at highly-discounted rates. Plus, they have an impressive support system to help you take advantage of those tools to support your organization and…

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Google for Non-Profits

Google offers many tools for genealogy research, but there are also a number of tools that can improve society operations and support your membership. Even better, Google offers non-profit organizations an amazing array of tools for free or at highly-discounted rates. Plus, they have an impressive support system to help you take advantage of those tools to support your organization and membership. Google for Nonprofits offers tools for fund-raising, website management, online collaboration and social media. Tools available to you as part of this program include:

  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Ad Grants
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Earth Outreach
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program
  • Google+ (including Hangouts)

You must hold current 501(c)(3) status and agree to the application’s required certifications regarding nondiscrimination and donation receipt and use to qualify for the program. For more information and to join the program, visit the Google for Nonprofits site.