I find pocket microscopes like the Carson MM-200 Pocket Microscope to be a necessary tool in my work with historical photographs. This inexpensive scope combined with the information and photo samples available at the www.graphicatlas.org, help me to identify historic photographic materials and processes. Being able to recognize a photographs support material, binding and surface [...]
Safeguarding your research data and having access to your materials when you need them are imperatives for anyone doing genealogical or historical research, which is why I use Dropbox to backup and sync my files to my various computers. Offsite data storage helps prevent data loss from unforeseen issues such as theft and hardware failure. [...]
I do hundreds of interviews. I try to get out a few times each month to talk to artists and keepers of traditions. I have recorded family members and strangers, young folks and the elderly, the gregarious and the standoffish. I learn something new with every interview that I do. So, though I am an [...]
Jon Kay suggests using a simple hand held camera as a scanner to copy photographs and documents in this Artisan Ancestors Quick Tip # 2.
In this post I share five digital tools that I use to edit and work with audio files, which I feel might be of interest to folks wanting to do oral interviews. I don’t use any of these tools to record interviews or my podcast, but I do use them to edit and work with [...]
Podcast: Download (26.8MB) In this episode Jon Kay talks with Laurel Horton a folklorist and quilt and textile researcher. Horton has studied and made quilts since 1975. She recently published the book Mary Black’s Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life, which blends historical and genealogical methods with a behavioral approach to material culture studies. [...]