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From: "Anne Kruszka" <>
Subject: Re: [RMagic] Census fact
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 09:21:39 -0500
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Because you might not always have that subscription to ancestry. Or your
connection might be gone.
Anne (Percival) Kruszka
Researching Bowman, Chinn, Davidson, Kettler, Kirtley, Klijewski, Knost,
Kruszka, Maitland, Oliphant, Percival, Synos, Zalot & Zimmeth
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Jerry Bryan
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 9:16 AM
Subject: Re: [RMagic] Census fact
This has been a great discussion. I have sort of a contrarian question
about one piece of the discussion, as is sometimes my wont.
Why keep copies of census images locally when your source for the images is
ancestry.com? If you need to look the images up again, they are still there
on ancestry.com where you found them in the first place.
Before online resources starting becoming so ubiquitous, I dutifully made
copies on paper of any census data I found at the library, whether what I
was able to find was transcriptions in a book or original census images on
microfilm. And I dutifully had filing cabinets full of all that paper, all
cataloged and sorted and arranged so I could find it again. With things
going online, I find I'm moving my paper filing cabinet more and more to the
computer, including lots of images of lots of things. Those images have to
be managed, sorted, indexed, and backed up because I don't want to lose
anything if I have a computer crash.
For data that's hard to come by, it's worth the effort to sort, manage,
index, and backup my images and other computerized versions of the data.
And I do a lot of that. I have lots of images, and I point RM to my images.
But I don't point RM to images of the census because I don't keep any images
of the census. Instead, with ancestry.com I now personally transcribe all
the census images I'm interested in and I no longer use anybody else's
transcriptions. I include my transcriptions as notes in census facts. And
on those occasions where I want to review the images again, I just look them
up again at ancestry.com. Census images are now very easy to come by, and
it saves a lot of work not to have to store them, manage them, and back them
As a point in passing, I really like the fact that images can be associated
in RM both with sources and with citations. When an image is associated
with a source, any time you use that source you immediately have the link to
the image and no extra work is required to make the link available to you.
However, I think citations have a weakness in this area. You can associate
an image with a citation, and you can copy and paste the citation. But if
you copy and paste the citation, the link to the image is not copied and
pasted along with the rest of the citation. I've posted a request to fix
this to the official Wish List, and I hope it's fixed in version 4. I'm
assuming that others of you all who use a lot of images in RM would also
like to see this fixed.
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