Monday, August 23, 2010

Batch Photo Re-sizing Software

Very often I get questions about re-sizing digital photos so that they will upload properly.

Here is a GREAT, FREE photo re-sizing tool - FotoSizer !!

Not only will it re-size your photos BUT it will do it in batches so that you can do as many as you wish in one operation.

Give it a try!

Nous recevons régulièrement des questions concernant le redimensionnement des photos numériques afin qu’elles puissent se télécharger correctement.

Voici un excellent outil GRATUIT pour le redimensionnement – FotoSizer !!

Non seulement il redimensionne vos images, mais il effectuera l’opération sur plusieurs images à la fois. Vous pouvez en faire autant que vous le souhaitez en une seule opération.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

BREAKING NEWS - Canadian Armed Forces Personnel Interred in Foreign Countries

After several requests, much thought and hard work, we have added a new section to our project.

Canadian Armed Forces Personnel Interred in Foreign Countries will archive the headstones of the brave Canadians who gave their lives for Canada but were buried in another country.

! Lest We Forget !

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Recruit a Friend Challenge

All of us know that the success of has been through everyone volunteering their time and efforts to take photos, submit them and many of us are acting as coordinators to approve the entries.

In our efforts to continue our growth, I would like to challenge every volunteer to recruit at least one of your genealogy/family history friends to submit photos as well.

Just think of the growth if we had double the number of volunteers!

Good Luck, Everyone!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

One Hundred Thousand Entries !!! Drumrolls, PLEASE !!!

On July 26th, I wrote to congratulate everyone on reaching 90,000 records. That was only nine days ago! Since then over 1,000 records per day have been added.

This morning we have reached

100,000 records !

From here on, the sky is the limit! is on a roll. Thanks for all your dedication and hard work.

Keep up the GREAT work,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Why & not XYZ Project?

Over the last year, I have received many email like this one which came yesterday........

Jim, I am very interested in your program and also have a question. I have found a program "[website] Cemetery Project" and I know they are working in [XYZ] Cemetery here in [my town] doing the same type of work as I have seen pictures of my parents stone. Is there duplication of work being done or do each of you provide different information? I really like the way your project lists what is on the stone as sometimes they are difficult to read.
[website] just shows a picture of the stone. Also, being able to contact [coordinator] was much more personal. [website]'s date of death for my grandmother is out by 10 years. I emailed them quite some time ago and never heard back.
Can you tell me what is involved in helping with the project here in [my town]? I have a digital camera and am recently retired and looking for something to do. Other than that what other skills do I need? 
This was my reply to the above email which I sent out a few minutes ago..........
Hi [name withheld] - There are a number of different cemetery projects on the go across Canada. They are "doing their own thing" but don't have the same attributes as our project. First you have to find the website which usually only contains a few cemeteries. Then, normally, you not only need to know the county but also the cemetery before you will find your ancestor and very few of these sites contain the transcript.

To date, I have not seen any other projects with the powerful functions similar to those of

We have the easiest method of submitting the photos and creating the database. We have transcriptions for every headstone. BUT more importantly, you can search our database by province, county or cemetery looking in either the surname, firstname, cemetery, or comments/transcription fields where the field starts with, contains or sounds like the search phrase. This powerful search engine makes your quest so much easier.

Becoming involved is extremely easy! The best place to begin is reading our Help & FAQ page which contains tonnes of tips and answers on many questions. Then, I recommend setting your camera to a much lower resolution than you normally use. I would suggest using a resolution setting not higher than 1200 pixels X whatever. This gives you a clear photo which will not require resizing before submitting.

Otherwise, please type directly to myself or [coordinator] with any questions.

Thanks so much for your support AND Welcome Aboard,
Jim McKane