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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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31. Tuesday Tip: Are your family members trapped as .jpegs?

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Before they were digitized,  our family photos could be found in albums, cardboard boxes and  top drawers.  Now with digital cameras and scanners, many family photos never see the light of day.  Those wonderful photos of family vacations, reunions, and other special events are still trapped in the camera, computer hard drive, flash drive, or on cd-roms.


Do our family members even how to access these photos?  They knew they could pull out the old trusty photo album when they wanted to reminisce.  I have had computers to break down, flash drives to malfunction and cd-roms to wear out.  I found a way my family can access all my photos and no matter where they live.


I have access to free unlimited online storage with my own private Heritage Makers account. I store copies of historical documents there as well.  I am able to download high resolution photos or drag my photos over to make beautiful projects like storybooks and calendars within HM.  A free Basic Heritage Makers account has limited storage.


I love it because I upload my photos to my HM account right from my camera, and when I need one for a blog post, I can easily find it in one of my categorized folders.  When I visit family members who have old photographs, I simply take a shot with my digital camera, and they do not have to worry about being without the photo while I make copies.


I have been using this service since 2007, and it has saved me a great deal of time.


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