Wednesday, August 24, 2016


**Note from Gena: This press release is from our sponsor/friends at The In-Depth Genealogist. This guide is a must for making the most of your trip to the 2016 FGS conference.

August 23, 2016 | Utica, OH
Email Terri O’Connell for contact details, review copies, photos, and an author bio.


The third in a series of guides to popular research destinations

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to present their newest book in the research series by writer, Jane Gwynn Haldeman entitled A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. The guide describes little known, and well known, research facilities in Springfield, Illinois in addition to leisure and family activities. 
These guides are designed as a resource for genealogists when traveling away from home.  Included are maps, dining options near research facilities, places to see or visit, in addition to information on archives, libraries, and research facilities.  It is a convenient pocket sized, 5” x 8”, so it will easily fit in your bag or jacket.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois is available now as a PDF download ($4.99) from The In-Depth Genealogist Store ( Subscribers to the website receive a 10% discount on purchase of the book.  The paperback version ($9.99) is slated for release August 25, 2016.    

Jane Haldeman is a professional speaker and owner of It’s Relative with more than 20 years of research experience. The Chicago area-based genealogist lectures on a wide range of topics both locally and at national conferences. She enjoys speaking about topics including family history technology and  genealogy research methodology. Jane has been very active with the genealogical community in Illinois. She was President, Illinois State Genealogical Society; President, Fox Valley Genealogical Society; Registrar, Fort Payne Chapter NSDAR; and Registration Chair, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference in Springfield, IL. Jane can be contacted through her website It’s Relative ( or .

Terri O’Connell
PO Box 241, Utica, Ohio 43080

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #15 - Photography Over the Ages

Captain Nathan Wilcox. From the collection of Jean Wilcox Hibben

Genealogists love old photographs and who can blame them? Photographs of our ancestors tell a story and it's our job as family historians to document those stories. In Podcast 15 we talk about the photograph process over time and we end with an important question. Are you documenting your current family history?

Wikipedia - Rolleiflex  


PetaPixel - A Brief History of the Camera Flash, From Explosive Powder to LED Lights 

Envatotuts – A Brief History of Photographic Flash


Wikipedia – Photographic Plate 

About Money – Inventors – Photography Timeline 

Wikipedia – Collodion Process 

Wikipedia - Daguerreotype   

Toxipedia – Mercury     
Wikipedia – Mad hatter disease 

World Wide Words – Not on your tintype     

Wikipedia – Timeline of Photography Technology 

Library of Congress –Prints and and Photographs Catalog 

 Paul Simon - “Kodachrome” 

YouTube – amindenandel – Paul Simon – Kodachrome + lyrics – History of Photography Timeline 

Infographic: A Timeline Of The 100 Most Important Cameras Ever Made 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Meet our Sponsor: FotoMend

Note from Jean Wilcox Hibben: Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you my interview with Jean from FotoMend

Jean Hibben: We have known each other for a lot of years and enjoyed sharing a name. We may also share ancestors, if we could just coordinate the time to figure it out. The Pickard family has deep roots in America. But that is not the subject of this blog post . . . here we want to learn about your business and how it can help family historians see the “clear picture” (pun intended). How did you get involved in photo restoration?

Jean: After earning a Fine Art degree, I spent about ten years doing “paint and brush” type work before transitioning into graphic art as digital photo editing software gained in popularity.  Eventually, I landed a job as a graphic designer for a company that manufactured and sold giftware items. In addition to designing their products I did layout work for their catalogs.  This involved finding pretty backgrounds online and digitally cutting and pasting photos of their products into these festive settings.  I found that I really had a knack for photo manipulation.  My employer noticed as well and asked if I would like to do some photo restoration and archiving work for his father.  He literally handed me a Samsonite suitcase full of random photographs and large format negatives. There were even albumen prints dating back to the 1880s! Four years and many more suitcases later, I had scanned 35 DVD volumes of photos, slides, and negatives for not only his father, but his entire family. What a way to get started!

Jean Hibben: I have a box of photos that need help, but don’t know where to start. I mean, I have only a limited supply of money to go with what seems like an unlimited supply of photos. For those with a similar problem, is it best to tackle the oldest ones first or start with some that have been taken in the last, say 50 years?

Jean: It may seem appropriate to scan and archive your oldest black and white photos first, but they may actually be more stable than your yellow-faded photos from the 1970s. So I recommend starting with photos that are at most risk of being damaged, or incurring further damage. Photos that are torn, fading, yellowing, or have foxing (rust-colored spots) should be high on your priority list because these are conditions that will continue to worsen; eventually damaging your photos beyond repair.

Jean Hibben: What is the hardest task a photo restorer faces?

Jean: Restoring a photo that has sections of a person’s face missing is the most difficult yet rewarding task I encounter.  It’s best to use other photos of the person to help recreate their face.  When other photos are not available I have to use the portion of the face that is not damaged to create a mirror image.  This can be tricky because most faces are not symmetrical. In these cases it’s good to have a photo of a relative with facial similarities to look at for reference. You can see examples of this on my website.

Jean Hibben: I know you use software to assist you in your reparation tasks and I’ve seen your fabulous work. Is it giving away a trade secret to tell us what program you use?

Jean: Not at all!  I used Adobe Photoshop.  It is the leading photo editing software on the market and it’s been around for over 25 years.  It does everything I need when it comes to restoration, photo manipulation, and colorization. I can also run my scanner through the program so that when I scan negatives and slides in batches they land in Photoshop, ready to be touched up and saved to my computer.  I can also easily create 8.5”x11” contact sheets for my clients so they can see all of the photos that I have archived to DVD.

Jean Hibben:
Got any deals to offer our readers (you know, like have 2 photos restored, get a third done for free or half price)? And, if so, how do they contact you and what should they tell you to get the discount (like a code, or they read it here, or . . . ?).

Jean: Yes I do:
All scans over 250, 5% off per order (promo code 250PLUS)
All scans over 500, 10% off per order (promo code 500PLUS)
5 or more Restorations/Manipulations  1 Free Service - $20 value (Promo code 5PLUS)
10 or more Restorations/Manipulations  2 Free Services - $40 value (Promo code 10PLUS)
Buy 3 prints of any size, get 4th of equal or lesser value Free (promo code PRINT3)
Refer a Friend,  1 Free Service ($10 value)
Follow us on Facebook or Twitter,  Buy 1 Get 1 Free - $10 value (Promo code FOLLOW)
Please mention promo code when placing your order.  Specials can not be combined.

Jean Hibben: OK, getting the photos restored is one thing, but keeping the photos from needing restoration in a number of years from now is another. Any tips on proper photo storage? And, to go along with that, for those of us who scan our photos as an extra storage/backup plan, what resolution do you recommend and what format should we use (tiff, jpeg . . .?)?

Jean: The idea is to store your photos in the most ideal conditions possible. This includes taking photos out of non-archival "magnetic" or peel and stick photo albums and storing them along with their negatives in archival photo boxes or sleeves.  Photos, negatives, and slides are happiest in a dark environment at 68 degrees Fahrenheit with 30-40% humidity.
I recommend backing up your scanned photos onto Archival Grade Gold DVDs.  These DVDs contain a hard coating on the recording side to protect the surface from scratches. The gold reflective layer prevents oxygen from corroding the silver reflective layer.  In proper environmental conditions, these discs are designed to last as long as 100 years. Also, online storage services such as Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive allow you to upload your photos for free. This is a great secondary back up system, especially in case of fire or other natural disaster.

Most photos are best scanned at 600dpi, unless they are grainy and poor quality like those taken with disk cameras in the 1980s.  I don’t recommend scanning any photo at less than 300dpi.  Slides and negatives look best scanned at 2400dpi or more.  My Pro level scanning service is at 4800dpi.  I prefer to scan photos as TIFFs because these files use lossless compression, meaning the file can be edited and re-saved without losing image quality. Original data can be perfectly reconstructed from the compressed data.

Jean Hibben: Any other last words?

Jean: Understandably, some folks worry about sending their precious family photos off to a company they found online. Rest assured that FotoMend handles every photo, negative, slide, or document with care; each one scanned individually on a flatbed scanner and never sent through any kind of self-feeding scanning device.  For those living in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, FotoMend offers a pick up and delivery service for a small fee.  It really gives me great joy and satisfaction knowing that I am helping people preserve their family’s history.  Thank you for considering FotoMend for your next project.

Jean: Thanks, again, for being part of this project. Best wishes in your roots pursuits!

 --Jean Wilcox Hibben

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #14: Pioneer Day

"Pioneers Crossing the Plains of Nebraska" by C.C.A. Christensen via Wikipedia

Today is a unique Utah holiday, Pioneer Day. It's the day that the first Mormon pioneers who entered the Salt Lake Valley are honored. It's a good time for all of us to consider the pioneers in our own family tree.


Jean's bibliography (Please note this is in APA format):

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                Chicago, IL: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1986.
Berrett, W. E.   The Restored Church: A Brief History of the Growth and Doctrines of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints (12th ed.).  Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1964.
Carmer, C.   “The Birth of the Mormon Church.” In G. Lieberson & J. Meyers (Eds.), The Mormon Pioneers
(pp. 4-5), booklet accompanying Columbia Records Recording, LS1024.  New York: Columbia, 1965.
Cheney, T. E. (Ed.).  Mormon Songs from the Rocky Mountains: A Compilation of Mormon Folksong.  Salt
Lake City: Univ. of Utah Press, 1981.
Cheney, T. E.  “Notes on the Music.” In G. Lieberson & J. Meyers (Eds.), The Mormon pioneers (pp. 33-43),
booklet accompanying Columbia Records Recording, LS1024.  New York: Columbia, 1965.
Church Educational System, The.  The Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual. Salt Lake City: The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1981.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The. “The Pioneer Story.” Official Internet Site of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Retrieved from            pioneerstory.htm, 2004.
Cole, B.  Mormon Battalion News web site. Retrieved from, 10 July 1997.
Cornwall, J. S.  Stories of our Mormon Hymns. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1975.
Corp. of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Hymns of  the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1985.
Cowan, R. O.   Doctrine and Covenants: Our Modern Scripture, Rev. Ed. Provo, UT: Brigham Young
Univ. Press, 1978. 
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.  Pioneer Songs Compiled by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.  Salt
Lake City: Utah Printing Co., 1932, 1978.
Davidson, K. L.  Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co.,
Department of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The. 
The Quest.  Booklet accompanying recording.  Salt Lake City: Corp. of the President of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1981.
Emerson, K.  Doo-dah! Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture. New York: Simon &
Schuster, 1997.
Fife, A. & Fife, A.  Saints of Sage and Saddle: Folklore among the Mormons. Salt Lake City: Univ. of
Utah Press, 1956, 1980.
Givens, G. W.  Language of the Mormon Pioneers.  Springville, UT: Bonneville Books, 2003.
Green, D. L. & Green, R. L. Meet the Mormons: A Pictorial Introduction to the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints and its People.  Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1965.
Hafen, L. R. & Hafen, A. W.  Handcarts to Zion: The Story of a Unique Western Migration, 1856-1860,
with Contemporary Journals, Accounts, Reports; and Rosters of Members of the Ten Handcart
Companies.  Lincoln, NE: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1960, 1992.
Hafen, L. R.  “The Mormons on the Frontier.” In G. Lieberson & J. Meyers (Eds.), The Mormon Pioneers
(pp. 6-9, 11, 16-19), Columbia Records Recording booklet, LS1024.  New York: Columbia, 1965.
Hanks, M.  “Perspective on Mormon Women: A Struggle to Reclaim Authority.”  
Retrieved from, 10 July 1994.
Hardy, L. C.  Boys Who Became Prophets. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982.
Hicks, M.   Mormonism and Music: A History. Urbana & Chicago: Univ. of  Illinois Press, 1989.
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Institutes of Religion of the Church Educational System.  Presidents of the Church.  Salt Lake City: Corp.
of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1979.
Kaufman, W. I. & Cheney, T. E. (Eds.). The Mormon Pioneer Songbook.  Bryn Mawr, PA: Theodore
Presser Co., 1980.
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Book Co., 1979.
Kjelgaard, J.  The Coming of the Mormons.  New York: Random House, 1953.
Knight, H. & Kimball, S. B.  111 Days to Zion (2nd ed.)Salt Lake City: Deseret News, Deseret Press, 1984.
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Co., Inc., 1965.
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