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The Paper-Less Genealogist by Denise May Levenick - digital download

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Simple strategies to break the paper habit, file less paper, and organize what you keep. Learn the best scanner for your needs, basic scanner settings for genealogists, file-naming for easy retrieval, and baby steps to help you move toward managing less paper.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on January 27, 2016. 1 hour 48 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.

Viewers' comments:
  • absolutely love the after webinar parties.
  • Always good to get organized - and learn of how others do it. I came away with a lot of ideas and tools. Denise was very organized in her presentation.
  • Always wonderful - and I am just now, in the past couple of weeks, working on scanning to toss out unnecessary items. Still a work in progress - probably FOREVER!
  • Another great presentation. Easy to follow slides. Very helpful additional information.
  • Another winner and Happy 300!!!
  • Denise was a great speaker and explained how going "paper-less" is not as scary as it might sound :)
  • Denise was awesome - we've done scanning and have learned many of her tips thru trial & error, but she still had a few new ones up her sleeve for us! Very helpful.
  • Denise was very knowledgeable and informative, providing great ideas to consider and implement. The speaker was easy to understand, organized, nicely paced and made me feel like I was in school taking a class. A great 300th Celebration webinar!
  • Didn't realize there were so many scanners and they don't do the same thing or work differently.
  • Excellent and megga stuff to digest. Also nice to get confirmation of things we are doing. Congratulations on 300 webinars.
  • Excellent instructor, with numerous time saving tips. I am a first time listener but plan to return for more webinars.
  • Excellent introduction for those of us about to become "paper-light."
  • EXCELLENT presentation and after party!!! Very meaningful and useful information. My only regret is that I did not know about these webinars years ago! Again, I REALLY APPRECIATE working with the actual software after the presentation!
  • Excellent. Easy to follow--slow enough to get. Good tips. I especially am glad to know about scan apps for smartphone! Thanks!
  • FANTASTIC! Loved her presentation, as well as her way of presenting. She didn't go 100 mph, and still covered tons of stuff. I've been moving towards paperless for past 5 years, but this is really inspired me. Encouraged that I was already following about 50% of her suggestions. P.S. Love, love, love the after-parties. Opens up so many features I never knew existed in LFT. Thanks so much for taking the time to do those.
  • First time attending a live webinar. Info was great and so helpful. Thank you!
  • First time viewing your site, but will be my first of many. I am very impressed.
  • Good way to begin thinking of going paperless. My Grandson told me recently that is what I should be doing. Good ideas. I will have to watch again.
  • Good webinar to hear about the newer Scanning ideas and options available. Things change so fast. Happy 300th!
  • Good webinar. Wish I had this before I scanned a bunch of photos, etc.
  • Great information! Have been trying to learn as much as I can about 'going paper-less' and organizing all my stuff - this has helped a great deal. Thanks!
  • Happy 300th! So happy to attend all of these. Webinars are all great and really appreciate Geoff's practical tips for applying Webinar info to Legacy.
  • How very interesting. Wish I had known all this several years ago already. But better now than never having learned it at all. Thank you.
  • I appreciate the URLs being shared in the chat box and appreciated the presenter's document of hardware recommendations and scanning guidelines being made available to all!
  • I found the file naming conventions very helpful. Also appreciated the Document Management System information. I was not familiar with that type of software. Looking forward to Denise's "Dirty Pictures" webinar in May.
  • I hadn't considered using a DMS to organize my documents.
  • I know Denise Levenick is doing one more webinar, but I would like so much, for her to do even more webinars. Her specific , step-by-step instructions are so very helpful for getting a handle on our personal family archives & heirlooms. I know I need all the help I can get ~ and that's why I come to the Legacy Family Tree webinars.
  • I LOVED today's webinar. Everything was great. The handout is wonderful. The additional Bonus Handout (which I downloaded this morning) is great! Denise spoke so clearly and so calmly, it was wonderful. I haven't scanned the old photos...yet and I haven't added media to my Legacy file...yet. Now: I think I can, I think I can... Thanks so much! And, congratulations on the 300th webinar. They are great!
  • Loved it. Looking forward to reviewing the syllabus for items I couldn't keep up with on my notes. Thanks for a great webinar. :)
  • One of the best so far and I have seen most of them. Well done.
  • She was so patient and clear! Just learning to choose Professional Mode on my scanner was worth it!
  • thank you so much! these are awesome (my 3rd webinar so far). have already signed up for about 15 more! Love the legacy software too...
  • This is one of the best webinars/programs I am have seen. She is great at showing suggestions, explaining different methodologies and various equipment pieces. I can't wait to try and do my organization with digital files.
  • This was my first time using a webinar and I was pleased at how easy it was!
  • This was very informative. I have a scanner but have been apprehensive about using it. I also am a paper-person so the thought of going digital has been a scary thought to me. Not anymore. I can see that is not all-or-nothing! That's good for me. Thanks for a great webinar!
  • This webinar should be a part of everyone's digital library.
  • Very informative. Speaker was easy to follow and presents in such a way as to keep your attention. I came away with a lot of useful tips that I can't wait to start using. Thank you and happy 300th presentation.
About the author: In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff.” Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator and author of two books on preserving family treasures, How to Archive Family Photos (Family Tree Books, 2015), and How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records, (Family Tree Books, 2012).

Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother – a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of “miscellaneous stuff” and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences at her website, and in her books and articles.

Denise is a frequent contributor to family history magazines and online publications, and presenter for webinars and workshops. She is a former high school English and Journalism teacher, and a holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes helps family historians use professional archival techniques with their own family treasures. Numerous charts and checklists and Denise’s practical guidance offer step-by-step advice for organizing, preserving, and digitizing heirlooms, and genealogy research.

Denise is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Southern California Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She heads the grant committee for the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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