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Digital Family History Guidebook

The ultimate "How To" Guidebook

Digital Family History Guidebook - Printed version   

(If you purchase Heritage Collector Suite, this comes FREE as a PDF)



The ultimate "HOW TO" Guidebook!

Save time, money and frustration.

Over 200 Pages of step-by-step instructions.
Nine Chapters of information designed to help you with family history projects

Easy to read and understand.
No confusing computer jargon.
Many photos and screen shots help walk you through each process.


Table of Contents 

   1. Where to Begin.

   2. Easier Scanning.

   3. Working With Sound.

   4. Digital Cameras, Video and GPS.

   5. Interactive Storytelling.

   6. Digital Scrapbook.

   7. Creating Hard Bound Books.

   8. Preservation and Archiving.

   9. Understanding your computer.


Additional Features - Do it right the first time.

Tips & Shortcuts.

Things to Avoid.

Step-by-Step Instructions.

Searchable in PDF format.

Full Color Pages


The Guidebook Lays Flat
Users like to write on notes on the pages.
They also like a books that lays flat so it's easier to use while working at a computer




Lots of Screen Captures and Graphics
The Digital Family History Guidebook is easy to read and understand.
Many photos and screen shots help walk you through each step of the process you are learning about.


Guidebook provides screen captures and instructions
in a "1-2-3" recipe format.

This will make it much easier to understand and follow instructions
when you are learning new things.


Great Tips, Suggestions and Shortcuts       

The Guidebook is full of new tips and simple suggestions
to make it easier for you to
save time, money and



Costly Mistakes!



The Guidebook provides valuable information and warnings to help you avoid costly mistakes.
These little warnings are called "
Marlo's Mine Fields" and are included throughout the Guidebook.


                                             Warning signs help keep you out of trouble!

This "Mine Field" warns you about
how a static "shock" can actually ruin your computer
or one of the devices attached to your computer.

Let's talk about the chapters.

Chapter 1  Where to Begin

Are you frustrated trying to determine the best place
to start organizing all your family history photos and    files?
The Guidebook will provide you with some easy and logical ways to get started.

Doing it right the first time will save time, money and frustration later.

Chapter 2  Easier Scanning

The importance of good scanning cannot be overemphasized!

Quality scans make a big difference when printing or zooming in on photos later. Step-by-step instructions are included
such as the five most important steps to a great scan and more.

  • Scanner Basics
  • The Scanning Minefield
  • What is DPI?
  • Getting Consistent Scan Results
  • Special Purpose Scanning
  • Slide Scanning
  • Enlarging and Zooming
  • Cropping
  • What Photo File to Use?
  • Why You Should Not Use JPG Files
  • Simple Scanning Tricks
  • Scanning and Printing

Order "Create a Family History" if you are only interested in scanning.
This program contains the same chapter on scanning and 16 "How To" video tutorials and more.

Chapter 3  Using Sound and Narration

Using sound is easier than you think.
All you need is an inexpensive microphone or a cable
to attach to your cassette recorder and computer.
You will then be able to make narrative or convert your tapes.

  • Learn how to set up your computer to use a microphone or line in
  • Record and create Oral histories
  • Make a sound track for a slide show
  • Copy and convert old cassette tapes
  • Download FREE sound editing software
  • Learn to edit sound files
  • Which are the best sound files to use?
  Chapter 4  Digital Cameras, Video and GPS

Learn the basics about cameras, video and GPS

  • Managing and finding your photos
  • Tips for buying a new camera
  • Old Home Movies do's,& don'ts
  • Read this before converting old movies to a DVD
  • Why You Need to Start Using GPS
  • New and fun things you can do
  • Free software links
  • Adding screen captures of satellite mages is both fun and adds realism to family history
  • What Photo File to Use?

Chapter 5  Digital Scrapbooking

A different perspective about how
to take advantage of new technology
and samples of how to create digital scrapbooks.
Something new and very different from traditional scrapbooking.

 Chapter 6  Interactive Storytelling

Stories are a real treat and the spice of life.
This chapter offers some excellent suggestions
that will help you put new life into old stories.

  • Discover some new ways to tell stories and make them more interesting
  • Learn to use mixed media collections
  • How to organize ALL your materials
  • The Guidebook will show you how to make your file collections more useful and organized
  • Simple Scanning Tricks
  • Scanning and Printing

Chapter 7  Creating a bound history

Learn about each step required to create a beautiful history or biography.
Checklists and simplified instructions will make it easy.

  • Preparation Guides and Checklists
  • Image Scanning Recommendations
  • Page Formatting Guides
  • Paper Quality and Weight
  • The Importance of Paper Grain
  • Save Money on Color Printing
  • Binding Considerations
  • Writing Tips and Suggestions
  • Multimedia Introduction

PLEASE do yourself a big favor and
read this chapter BEFORE proceeding with your book.

Learn ways to save time and money. 

Do it correctly BEFORE you print your next book.

Order "Create a Family History" (rather than The Digital Family History Guidebook)
if you are only interested Binding, formatting and scanning.

Click here for more infomation.

Chapter 8  Preserving and Archiving

Ways to find and protect your treasures while saving hard drive space.

Don't wait until you have a hard drive crash or a virus attacks your computer.

Chapter 9  Understanding Your Computer

Basic computer and hardware terminology is explained in everyday terms.

If you are gong to buy a new computer you need to read this chapter first.

Suggestions for maintaining your computer.

What others are saying about the Guidebook / Heritage Collector

200 page Digital Family History Guidebook

Sondra Buckwalter states:

"When the Guidebook came out I was really excited because it actually teaches step by step what to do and what not to do in preserving photos, sound bites, videos etc. It is so simply written with graphic aids, how can anyone go wrong! It is the best teaching tool I have found to help even the most computer challenged individual to have success. It’s worth it’s weight in gold!"



200 page Digital Family History Guidebook

Heritage Collector Software
Seth and Jessica Blatter write . . .
"The guidebook is a very useful resource. We were overwhelmed with knowing what accessories we needed to have to get ourselves started, but we used the guidebook through that whole process and are very pleased with the outcome. We can't say thank you enough. We absolutely love it!"


Reg Farnsworth writes. . .
I’m relatively a new user . . . and an avid amateur photographer and genealogist. I must say Heritage Collector exceeds all of my expectations.

It is without the slightest hesitation, I'd rate your software and handbook a five star plus (*****+).

The Guidebook is rock solid and chocked full of sound advice. Obviously, it speaks with the voice of experience. Anyone reading the mine field section of each chapter, would be rewarded in avoiding unexpected pitfalls, been there and done that too. It’s simply the best program on the market today. Was at first reluctant to try another program but, am so glad I did.

In just a short time after viewing the video’s in the basic program I was up and running with ease. Highly recommend this marvelous program regardless of individual skills. I’m positive other’s will not be disappointed either.

Happy and enthusiastic, thank you for the wonderful Software and Handbook.”


Digital Family History Guidebook=The Ultimate "HOW TO" Guide


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