Thursday, February 21, 2013

Genealogists need Picasa, Blogger, and Photo Story too!

imageWe know lots of people who are interested in researching their family tree.  Neither Jim or I have pursued this hobby, but Jim’s sister, and my cousin have and we have tried to help by gathering and digitizing old family photos.  Several of our friends in the RVing world have encouraged us to do our computer training for Genealogists and we’ve told them no – we have enough to keep up with now, we don’t want to get into Genealogy!  But, no – Genealogists need to know how to manage their digital photos, make blogs, and produce slideshow movies to share.  Yes!  That is what we teach.  Connie Bradish and her husband Peter arranged for us to teach these topics to their Genealogist group a couple years ago, and have been promoting us to their friends ever since.  This past weekend we taught a full day of classes to the Central Florida Genealogist Society, partly because of Connie and Peter’s recommendation.  Thanks guys!  It was a great day.

We taught our standard topics of Picasa, Blogger, and Photo Story but with a focus on old family photos and stories, instead of our normal travel photos and stories.

  1. Introduction to Picasa - the free program from Google for all your digital photo needs
    Find your pictures, Organize, Edit, Caption, and Share. It's fast, it's easy, and its FREE from Google. Picasa can: transfer photos from camera, delete and organize photos, rename and caption, browse/view all  photos on your computer, improve photo quality in many ways without touching your original, print, email and post to web, create slideshows, find faces and geotags, and backup to CD or DVD.  It can even work with your video files. The best part is the fast and easy way to make all your photos look better. This you gotta see!
  2. Using Picasa to Organize and Improve Old Family Photos
    imageIn this seminar we will start by snapping new pictures of old family photos.  We will show how to store them in appropriate folders and still organize them by family branches.  We will explain Picasa's face recognition feature and, best yet, we'll show how to make those old photos look better with just a few clicks.
  3. Using for a free Family Website
    This seminar will show, step-by-step, how to make and keep a Blog.  It is the easist way to make your own website.  It can be a public website, completely private, or shared with only family members.  We will teach you how to write posts and pages, upload photos, maps, and even videos.  We guarantee that, if you pay attention, you WILL be able to go back to your computer and create a Blog!
  4. Using Photo Story 3 to make your Family Documentary Movie
    Photo Story 3 is a free program that includes ability to add music and narration to your pictures.  This is the easiest class we teach.  It is so simple, so fun, and the end result is a movie directed by you.  We will use the same family photos that we used in the Picasa session.

We showed how to:

Capture old family photos by simply snapping pictures of album pages
Then fix them up using the tools in Picasa, including textimage
Make a Movie like This with just a few clicks in Picasa Or a movie like this using Photo Story 3

If you have a Genealogist group and would like a day of training like this, please contact us

Summer Travel Plans: We expect our travels this summer to start in May and take us up the east coast to Washington D.C., then across to Wyoming for the big June RV rallies in Gillette.  From Gillette we plan to keep west to Oregon, down thru California.  By Fall, we should be headed back East, but we hope to spend some time in Arizona and not return to Florida until January.


Unknown said...

Nice post. I love geneaology and family history work!

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