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Kaite Dyess Bales - Nov 24, 2009   View | Viewers
Categories: Genealogy Information
    By Kimberly Brown, Family Historian

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are all counting our blessings, especially in the field of genealogy. Technological advances have made genealogy work faster and easier than it has ever been before. It’s great to be a twenty-first century genealogist. In honor of the season, here are a few things to be grateful for:

• Digitization of records. From Ancestry to GoogleBooks, more and more genealogical sources are being scanned and even indexed to be viewed online.

• Digital photography. You can take a photo of a gravestone and post it on your blog or e-mail the .jpg to your cousins and they’ll receive it in only a few seconds. High-resolution cameras mean that you can also photograph documents and share high-quality copies with family members. If you want to, you can even stand right at your microfilm reader and take a photo of an image instead of carrying your microfilm over to the copy machine.

• FamilySearch Indexing. This ambitious project means that soon all U.S. federal census records will be available online for free!

    

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