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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interested In Exchange Traded Funds?

Read my interview with Patricia Dunwoody CETFA’s General Manager, about the evolving market of exchange traded funds on the Smarten Up Institute website.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday to the Vancouver Sun

Congratulations to the Vancouver Sun on 100 years of reporting.

As a historian, newspapers are a great resource for historical research. I refer to newspapers regularly in my work for a sense of the time period in which I am researching, vintage photos, society notes, and style of writing. I am always amused by the ads for by-gone products as they give you a great snapshot of society.

Check out their centenary edition.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Family lore gives clues to the past

My friend and colleague is interviewed in today's Maple Ridge Times about her upcoming course "Start searching your family history". The course started Jan. 22, and continues through to March 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Library.The cost is $100, and while registration has already closed for the current course, those interested in future classes can contact the Maple Ridge Museum at 604-463-5311.

You can also join the family history group who meets in the Greenside room at the Maple Ridge Library the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

You can also take Brenda's class "Killing Them Softly: End of Life Documents are the Place" at the Surrey Library on April 14, 11:00am– 12:30pm. Fee: $10:00.

or catch her at the Langley Library on Saturday, May 12, 2:00pm–3:00pm with "Find Your Family in the Library". Registration required. Fee: free.

Read more: http://www.mrtimes.com/Family+lore+gives+clues+past/6112909/story.html#ixzz1lkXq9EXj

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner

I love my Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner. I was lucky enough to get one for Christmas and it is a great tool for a family historian.
It is portable and has this flip-and-scan technology: you remove the lid, flip the scanner over and
place it on the original and it can do big objects and then stitches them together.
I decided to try out the scan and stitch option on a Carl Ahrens picture.
I scanned it in 6 parts.
Then I put the SD card in my computer, fired up the software and used the stitch feature. I ended up with this:
Carl Ahrens
It is fast easy and impressive. I'm sold.

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