Mobile Photo Scanning – PhotoScan vs Photomyne

For years you’ve been saying you’re going to scan all the photos you have in shoeboxes in the basement. Now’s as good a time as any. There are a few smartphone apps that’ll help you with this so you don’t need to pay someone or drag out a scanner to do it, but Photomyne and Google’s recently released PhotoScan are the two top choices.

There are a number of mobile apps for digitizing documents. Although you can also use them for photos, they aren’t giving you the resolution needed for high-quality scans. Now we are beginning to see options for mobile photo scanning. This Lifehacker article describes and compares the top two photo scanning apps – PhotoScan and Phtomyne.

Details at Photo Scanning Showdown: PhotoScan vs Photomyne

Getting Started with Evernote

Evernote offers a number of video demonstrations showing you how to put Evernote to use. Each of the links below take you to a playlist page showing a series of video tutorials that will help you get started with Evernote.

Getting Started with Evernote: Windows Tutorials

Getting Started with Evernote: Mac Tutorials

Once you understand how Evernote works, you’ll want some ideas on how to put it to work in your genealogical research. You’ll find a growing series of articles discussing Evernote in genealogy right here at Genealogy 101. Just click on the vertical orange bar at the left edge of the screen and scroll down until you see the Tag Cloud. Click the “Evernote” tag to display all articles related to Evernote.


Document As You Go

From the FamilySearch Research Wiki:

One of the most fundamental and important principles of family history research is to organize and document AS YOU GO![1] Good documentation includes:

  • Research logs—Fill in the purpose of each search, and source data on logs before looking at the source. After success, list where you found the copy. Log strategies.[2]
  • Family group records—Keep up-to-date with source footnotes for every event. Add all events like census, military service, and migrations to the family group record.
  • Photocopies of most sources—If the repository will allow it, ALWAYS make a photocopy.
  • Well-organized files—Stay organized by completing paperwork and filing before starting another search.

Follow the link above for more details on how documentation supports your research effort.


Notes by Mark Dries via Flickr.