An interesting trend has been developing with more data CD's now being made available as instant downloads, giving researchers the opportunity to get hold of records quicker than ever, without having to wait for the post!
S&N Genealogy Supplies have now made more unique research records available in a downloadable format as an alternative to purchasing on CD. It's an added benefit for those family historians keen to get stuck into their research as quickly as possible and who want their data instantly.
Another advantage of the instant downloads is that with no postage and packing costs, customers can receive the information at a reduced price, useful for the genealogist on a budget or looking to save money. S&N Genealogy Supplies have download prices starting from £5 so it is good value for money.
The instant downloads are available as pdf document copies of the data CD. A simple click of the mouse gives you access to the records you need.
From Parish Records to Kelly's Directories, Post Office Directories, Pigot's Directories, Court Guides, County Books, Barrett's Directories and much more, there's an ever increasing selection of reference material now available to download instantly. S&N Genealogy Supplies also offer download protection, customers can login to their account to 're-download' them at any time.
With the ability to search quickly by county, it is possible to search for the area required and find the resource you are looking for. More details can be found at Genealogy Supplies where you can start your search. More information can also be found by calling S&N Genealogy Supplies on 01722 716121.
After recently upgrading my RootsMagic software to Version 6, I was pleased to find out a new App has been developed to have access to your family history research data when you're out and about!
The new RootsMagic App has been launched for use on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It gives you access to your family tree at your fingertips wherever you may be. You don't need the internet, the data is all stored on your device so you can access it anytime and anywhere!
It's handy when you're out and about exploring those local areas your ancestors may have lived or visiting relatives who are interested in your work. The new app provides the perfect companion to your desktop RootsMagic software, allowing you to reference your database research and to check your data and also to show others your findings. It's a completely free useful tool that is a great addition to RootsMagic Version 6.
What's on the App?
Easily search and explore your family tree
View pictures, notes and sources - all of your RootsMagic data is available inside the App.
View your sources, to-do items, research logs, media, addresses, repositories, correspondences and places.
Tools and calculators- including a perpetual calendar, date calculator and relationship calculator.
It's a great tool when you're out and about- just look up your genealogy data on your iPad or iPhone! For more information on the App, please contact S&N Genealogy Supplies on 01722 716121.
As documents are increasingly required to be kept and stored electronically, it's becoming more important to be able to scan your precious documents, photos and other memories for quick access and safe keeping and also to avoid having to keep taking the originals out of their album or frame.
However, what is the best type of equipment to use to achieve this? I've looked around and came across the 'Flip-Pal' mobile scanner as pictured below:
It's easy to scan relatives' photographs and document without fear of damage, or to take the scanner to libraries or archives to scan documents and save on prints. Also using the screen protector, you can scan medals and other items that may scratch the glass without worry.
I purchased the Flip-Pal scanner and the following great features really stood out:
It's Mobile- compact light and durable, cordless and battery powered.
Highly accurate- high quality digital images of 600 & 300 dpi resolution. Colour is true to the original.
Versatile- scan any size original, from coins to newspapers, including large documents.
It's quick & easy to use- push one button to scan in seconds. Insert the SD card from the scanner into your computer to see the digital images.
The Digital Creativity Suite it comes with is Windows & Mac compatible. It allows expert photo editing , digitally repair damaged photos in seconds. With Corel Paint it's also possible to turn old family photos into works of art!
The Flip Pal Scanner starts at £129.95 and is available at Genealogy Supplies
After testing it out I've been really impressed with just how good this mobile scanner is. Handy to carry about and not in the least bit awkward to use, it's something every family history researcher should have. Having a copy of your work is as essential and important as the original document so for peace of mind this is well worth the money. It also means you are fully prepared should you come across that golden nugget of information when you are visiting a relative or are in your local library when you come across that valuable photo or record!