1) On Dear Randy - What to Do With My Family Photo Albums? (10 October 2012):
* John suggested: "Post messages on Rootsweb or other Surname messages boards searching for interested cousins she might not know about?"
* Wendy wrote: "I ended up with my mother-in-law's very old family albums that were also well labeled and captioned. I did a family tree for the family and uploaded all the photos on Ancestry.com. Over the past three years I've met several cousins who were just delighted to find their lost family history with great-great grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. I'm hoping I've earned some good genealogy karma that will help me find my long-lost branches. Those old family photos mean so much to family members who have lost touch or lost track and It felt good to be the one to share them."
* Bill said: "My website, wikiHomePages.com, has begun a project to compile and organize house histories for residential addresses across the country. I would gladly post and preserve photos taken in or around your friend's family homes as long as she can provide an approximate address and year a photo was taken. Preserving those specific pictures may account for only a small part of her entire collection, but it would be a start. There are a lot of good suggestions in your post and in the comments. Hope your friend finds a future home for all her family photos."
* On Facebook, Nancy Fermazin offered: "My girlfriend and I were just talking about this subject today. I have 4 volumes of a digital/hybrid family history album. In it I placed the name and family and location under the pictures on each page plus family group sheets for all of the families. In front of the albums I have a USB flash drive and DVD of Family Tree Maker information with the album. I was thinking of donating the albums to my historical society in Illinois if my kids or grandkids don't want them. To finish digitalizing the album would take many many hours. Not quite sure yet. Besides the photo albums I have a 500 page family history on one line which my cousin and i did. We donated copies to the local family history society in Illinois and to Allen County Library in Fort Wayne . I plan to have my albums designated in my Will. It sure would be a lot of work if they were not saved or shared."
My response: Thank you all for the thoughts and ideas.
2) On Web Searching Using Family Tree Maker 2012 (10 October 2012):
* Elizabeth noted: "Randy, you note that FTM 2012 searches only three databases. Note at the bottom of that box with the list of websites are two buttons NEW and MANAGE FAVORITES. This is where you can add your favorite searchable databases, such as FamilySearch.org or AmericanAncestors.org."
My response: You're right, and I missed that! Thank you for noting it.
* Russ Worthington said: "The biggest reason for searching from within FTM2012 are at least 3 fold: 1) the ability to have a View Online Source, from within FTM2012, 2) the Web Clipping tool, when searching other websites, and 3) the ability to look at my database, while still in the Web Search Workspace.
"Like Elizabeth, I have a number of other Websites, where I have other 'favorite' websites at my finger tips."
"I tried Foxit Reader for awhile, but eventually switched back to Adobe Reader. There are some other free PDF readers, and I've tried some of them. But I eventually switch back to Adobe in the end.
"I'm also starting to use other research tools such as CubeRead for my historical and biblical research."