My Paperless Trip
June 13, 2013
Recently, I took a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. When I travel, I never have a lot of extra room to pack my genealogy, so I set a goal to go paperless. I began by putting all my research notes, some scanned items, some web clippings, and a list of all the microfilm I wanted to look at into a cloud storage website, which allowed me to access my notes from any computer or mobile device with Internet access. I chose Evernote, but any number of options could be used, including something as simple as emailing the information to yourself.
My next step was to find a way to take all my pedigree charts and family group sheets that I would need to refer to. My genealogy software has a "to-go" feature that allows me to save my data onto a flash drive. I also made sure that my data was updated on FamilySearch Family Tree so that I could easily access my information from that website.
My planning included how I could make everything digital at the Family History Library, so I would not have to pack papers for the trip home. I used a digital microfilm reader that enabled me to save images from the microfilm to my flash drive. I was also able to use the copier as a scanner to create digital images from books and then save them to my flash drive. The best part is that I did not have to pay for copies! My trip was successful, and I came home with a flash drive full of information.
For those traveling to the Midwest Genealogy Center, you can make your trip paperless, too. The copiers function as scanners so digital images can be created and saved to a flash drive. We also have a microfilm reader in the computer lab that has the ability to create digital images that can either be emailed or saved to a flash drive. Next time you are at MGC, try it out.
Midwest Genealogy Center