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January 15, 2008

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You inspired me to go over and have a look. I registered and it took a few hours to get my confirmation email. Worth the wait though! I entered my great-grandfather's name first and up came the 1900 census, and his death certificate which I didn't previously have a copy of. Beautiful job they've done with the scanning. The images have been scanned fairly straight without great expanses of black border so that's something different. It takes a minute to get used to the silvery-grey backgrounds but the documents are easily clear enough to read. Very nicely done with the spacious search results page and navigation of images and options to save or print. Everything works very smoothly. The death certificate also gave the text version, similar to what Ancestry.com does on some things, that can be copied and pasted directly into your Legacy database under Source Detail. The difference is that it required no editing of misaligned tabs. Straight copy and paste, perfectly aligned. More, more...

After finding a 1900 Census, I was able to zoom to a very nice view but when I printed the document, it printed the total page which was almost unreadable due to the small print and it also left large black borders on both sides. After using Ancestry for the last several years, this will not be a satisfactory replacement.

RE: Zooming and printing

There are lots of free ways to print part of an image. Any of the free screen-capture utilities will do it, or you can use the PrintScreen key to capture the screen and then paste the clipboard into Windows Paint.

Irfanview (free at www.irfanview.com) is one useful tool among many.

I have stumbled upon the perfect solution to images that are not straight and have black borders. A very small FREE program is available at www.xnview.com that can be used to "crop" off black borders and wide white margins. It also has a "rotate" feature that will rotate images clockwise or counter-clockwise in very small increments. The result is a perfectly aligned image showing only what you need.

I was excited to try this with my family. I know where my family is in the 1900 census and thought I might find others. New Jersey is listed as completed so I searched on each family member I knew and not one of them came up. So much for that hope.

I've indexed over 1500 names for the site. It's nice to know it's helping others to find their ancestors.

I am looking for the Batlle and Albert family from Puerto Rico


Hi, i am just curious as to why this new program from
Family search does not apply to the UK.

Thanks Rich (and all the others who are so generously indexing) for all of your hard work and time indexing!!!

Eventually the UK will be included in familysearch indexing. I've been helping with the indexing and have done about 7500 names. I'm waiting with great anticipation to when they start indexing the parish registers in England because all my relatives came from that great country.

see for example this help page
https://help.familysearch.org/publishing/690/102360_f.SAL_Public.html


and make a place search http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp
England, Monmouth, Usk

NEW
Parish registers of Usk, 1742-1953 Church of England. Parish Church of Usk (Monmouthshire)
Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2006-2007

my father was born there and I was baptised in that church too, and when the images are released
I will be indexing people I remember

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