Monday, February 25, 2008

We've Come A Long Way Baby!

Creative Gene's
Carnival of Genealogy, 42nd Edition

My 411 On Technology

Well, at least some of us have come a long way and others are sticking to their guns. Terry Thornton of Hill Country swears by his pens, pencils, and paper; and I think he's on to something. There is a connect between the movement of the hand and the brain (I was taught that in some class, and no I don't remember which one because I took notes on my laptop and there obviously was no brain connect).

As for me, "I love the smell of technology in the morning." So let me tell you which piece of hardware I use every day and can't live without, other than my trusty bug-free shiny new impossibly wonderful iMac (yes, I love my Mac).

That piece of hardware would be my Epson Photo scanner. I scan photos every single day; my family history photos and those contained in what is becoming a vast collection of "Orphan Photographs."

I import those photographs into Photoshop CS2 and they go from the scanner to my computer screen.

I scan the front and back of every photograph in color in the Photoshop native format. I digitally restore those that are damaged and save the restored image as an uncompressed TIFF keeping the native format as well. (There is more to my scanning process than this.) Here is an example of my digital restoration.



Now that vast collection of orphaned photographs should have given you a clue as to the web site where I hang out. It's the "There's Nothing Good On eBay?" site. And if you knew my real name you'd see that several eBay sellers leave notes for me in the photo descriptions. I also hit the family Bibles, genealogy books, and any thing else that takes my fancy.

Ahh, the internet is a wonderful place! Oh, and Randy (Genea-Musings), my husband calls me Techno-Babe rather than Maven.

New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. “[A Telephone Operator.]” Photograph. Washington, D.C., c1911. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. (
iucpub,tgmi,lamb: 25 February 2008).

Vintage photograph of "young girl with glasses" in possession of the author.

Under the Fair Use Doctrine the photograph of the scanner, Photoshop box, and computer were acquired from, altered and a new photograph created for demonstration purposes. Think this will work, Craig?



Blogger Janice said...


"Techno-babe" is the perfect nickname for you :D :D

I agree with you that a scanner is indispensable to the genealogist!


February 26, 2008 at 5:44 AM  
Blogger Lidian said...

You certainly worked magic on the old photograph with your Photoshopping and scanning magic!

February 26, 2008 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Chery Kinnick said...

What a lovely (and rare) photo of a girl with spectacles. Maven's niece, perhaps? I can't wait to see your entire collection

February 26, 2008 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Randy Seaver said...

Hi TB / fM

Can we call you Techno-babe too?

I always knew that there was "something" about fM!

Hugs -- Randy

February 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Bubba said...


I must say that I agree with the scanner 100%. I do confess that I have been using HP products for a while and I do so miss my Epson. Someday I will return to my first love!

Thanks so much for a such a great post!

March 4, 2008 at 1:31 AM  

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