The digital camera has been the most flexible and important tool for capturing digital images. As I have sought to learn about my ancestors, I’ve been fortunate to travel to some of the areas where my ancestors lived and have had the opportunity to do on-site research. These experiences have ranged from half-day excursions to a month long stay. I used the camera about 90% indoors and 10% outdoors.
Common places indoors
- Historical societies.
- Family reunions.
- Other places where documents and pictures are stored.
Types of indoor projects
- Text, existing photographs, or other images.
- Some will be black and white, some grayscale, and some will be in color.
- Some will be in books, some will be unbound.
- Some will be old and brittle or so fragile that they are stored and viewed in a room where they won’t let the light of day come in.
Outdoors 10-plus percent
- Land or buildings where family members once lived, worked, or worshipped.
- Many outdoor shots are of historical consequence, but not of genealogical substance.