Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

For the past few days, I have been working on my Genea-Bloggers Group Games events. I have added descriptions and tags to 43 images that I have saved in the database of my great-great grandfather, Miles Francis Stanley I.

Part of that time was spent trying to figure out the best way to describe/tag/upload using the fewest keystrokes, and therefore as efficiently as possible. My previous method involved opening the image in the default Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, right-clicking on the image, going to Properties then Summary and adding the info. Then I would upload the image to my Flickr Miles Francis Stanley I set in the Stanley Surname collection and again add a description and tags. The image would upload to Flickr just fine, but the metadata wouldn’t go with it. Double-duty!

A couple of months ago, I downloaded Picasa2, but haven’t really done much with it. But when I started seriously examining the program in conjunction with the Games, I discovered a plugin for Picasa that allows you upload the image directly to Flickr, description & tags intact!

Picasa2/Flickr has made the task of organizing/backing up my data simple and painless!

Now I have no excuse! 🙂

5 thoughts on “On the subject of backing up and organizing

  1. Ruth Stephens says:

    Thanks for the info about I might try my blog with it, to see if I really wanna host it (see how much WORK it would be! 🙂 )


  2. lindarobbins57 says:

    I am so glad I found this blog discussion. I also use Picasa 2 and save everything in .jpg format. I hear that .tiff is better, but .jpg is what is used most where I go online for pictures, etc. I want to come back to this when I have more time, to try some of the other comments and Ruth’s blog suggestions about photographs and tags in one step is something I hope to try.


  3. onepointintime says:

    Yes, I thought of converting the PDFs to JPG images somehow, but couldn’t figure out how to do it. Well, duh! I went back to Adobe Acrobat and tried again, a little harder this time, and easily found out how to select and copy, enabling me to paste into into my photoshop program as an image file. Copying larger sections may take some work, however, as when I attempt to do that, Adobe tells me it is “out of memory.” Well, I’ll figure it out.

    I don’t as yet self-host my blog, don’t see a major reason to do that so far, although I tried it a few times with If you’re looking to self-host you should probably try them, as they are basically free and so is the autoinstaller for WordPress (and other programs), that way you don’t have to mess with uploading zip files or whatever. They have a lot of useful tools, mostly free, so if you need to map to a domain you’ve already purchased, I think they have an option for that.


  4. Ruth Stephens says:

    I had several pdf files in that batch. I copy/pasted the pdf’s into jpg’s before I uploaded them. I still have the pdf’s, but as jpg’s they’re safe in CyberLand!

    So, you mentioned self-hosting, is that for your WordPress blog? If so, how do you like it? I’m considering the self-hosting route…


  5. onepointintime says:

    This would probably work for me, too, except not all of my digital research files are images. Transcriptions in document format and PDFs make up the extra file types. I’ve been trying to find out what to do about this for the longest time! So far, my best option seems to be self-hosted Coppermine Photo Gallery ( using which has an autoinstaller option for this program. Coppermine is many-featured, allows you to upload most any file type, and has comprehensive configuration control, search option, multiple users, etc. One thing I can’t stand about it is its interface. Limited theme options and most tend to clash with the design of my main website (you can download extra user-contributed themes on the Coppermine homepage, but most of them are just as useless). Plus, with the self-host thing I never know how secure my data is. So, I tend to lean toward larger and more established photo gallery sites like Flickr, but I can’t seem to find anything that will allow me to upload various file types and at the same time include a search option for large galleries and a good way to invite friends if I choose to make the gallery private.

    Well, that’s my two cents. Phew! I sure write long-winded comments! 🙂


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