What every genealogist needs to know about digital content and preservation (100+ resources)

Digitizing contentBy Barry J. Ewell

As a genealogist and/or family historian you are ever increasingly faced with the need to better understand how to create, evaluate, manage, organize, and preserve content that include audio, photography, video, film and more. I’ve learned that even the simplest decision like which format to scan an image can have far reaching irreparable consequences if not done correctly. Continue reading

Genealogy: Using voice recognition to digitize your family history

Using voice recognition to digitize your family historyBy Barry J. Ewell

Recently when my father passed away, he left an extensive collection of hand written material in the form of a journal, letters, and thoughts.   While the material contains extensive history of our family, few others will have a desire to read the many hand-written pages.   Voice recognition software has substantially simplified and reduced the time needed to manage the collection.  My process is as follows:

  1. Scan each page of the collection for digital preservation.
  2. Using speech recognition software (such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10), I am able to read the handwritten text directly into a Word document (with the aid of microphone connected into USB port) with all the correct punctuation and formatting.  The software recognizes over 98% of what I read.  I am able to read at normal speeds exceeding 100 words a minute. Continue reading