Snagit for Genealogists
Snagit ($49.95 from TechSmith.com) is more than just a screen capture program. You can also import images from your camera, scanner, or even e-mailed images.
One of my favorite captures is to do a capture of my search template (so I know what I searched on) then do that search at Ancestry or FamilySearch. At the push of a button I capture a whole web page of results (up to fifty at a time at Ancestry and twenty at a time at FamilySearch) and place these captures in my digital research log (which can be set up to add each capture on a new page in WORD).
The capturing text from a web page with Snagit is convenient for copy and pasting source citations (that I tweek and add to in my destination—often an online family tree source box).
When I capture an image of an actual source document online with Snagit, I love how Snagit then allows me to annotate it with arrows and callouts and tell why parts of that original death certificate are wrong with the Snagit Editor. I then do more captures (with Snagit ) of the documents (online or with my scanner) that show why that original information is wrong along with my written analysis.
Both of these exercises will be covered in the workshop and more as time permits.
Barbara Renick teaches at national genealogy conferences and the Family History Center in Orange, California; was a contributing editor for the National Genealogical Society computer magazine for eleven years; authored Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage sponsored by NGS for their 100th Anniversary; and currently serves on the NGS Board of Directors as secretary. The ‘Z’ Links page at her ZRoots.com Web site is also very popular among genealogists who use it as their browser home page.