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Proformat News
No: 90
August 2013
August seminars
7: Where did I come from? Mount Barker Library 1:30 to 4:30pm
11: Family history on the Web, WEA Centre Adelaide 10:00 to 1:00pm

September seminars
8: North Adelaide Heritage Walk, WEA Centre Adelaide 2:00 to 4:00pm
15: Semaphore Heritage Walk, WEA Centre Adelaide 2:00 to 4:00pm

See the seminar program for more details and bookings.

Chichester Wills
The jurisdiction of the Consistory Court of Chichester extended over the whole of the Archdeaconry of Chichester and that embraced the western part of Sussex.
The index to over 22,000 Wills recorded in the Court that covers the period 1482–1800 can now be searched in the National Wills Index. This index was originally published in 1915 as British Record Society Volume 49 and includes the names of testator / testatrix, place, often occupation and document reference, which will help locate the original document at West Sussex Record Office in Chichester.
The National Wills Index managed by British Origins is the largest online resource for pre-1858 English probate material, containing indexes, abstracts and source documents and, more importantly for readers, most of this material is not available anywhere else online.

Irish BMD certificates
Before the end of the year customers can expect the option to receive their certificate via an email attachment rather than through the post. Cost will remain at €4. It has been rumoured but I have not been able to confirm, that at about the same time the indexes will also go online at Irish Genealogy where there are already a number of online records available for researchers. Irish Genealogy is a different site and the BMD certificates will be available via the GRO site.

Barwell Boys Exhibition
Migration Museum Kintore Avenue until 31 August.

SA State Government fees
All government fees rose on 1 July and these may be reflected in Adelaide Proformat's fees.

In this issue:
August seminars
September seminars
Chichester Wills
Irish BMD certificates
Barwell Boys Exhibition
SA State Government fees

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Flip-Pal mobile scanner


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Flip-Pal mobile scanner
I do not normally present reviews about products but I have decided to make one exception for the Flip-Pal mobile scanner and I am doing this now because as the Australian dollar value tumbles downwards the price of this item from the United States will increase! Apart from my computer and its associated software and Internet access, this mobile scanner has to be one of the great developments to aid family historians in some time. Often I visit private homes in South Australia on behalf of distant clients to tease out their history and out comes all manner of items about the family and its heritage. Most common are old photographs followed closely by sundry documents. However, the treasures are not confined to paper and often include coins, medals, crafted objects, newspaper clippings, coins and even jewelery

There is plenty of evidence and I have referred to it before in these columns. As I wrote as recently as in Newsletter #62 in May 2011 on the topic of the role of social media in family history—finding the remote members of your family, that is those 2nd plus cousins is the primary way of developing your knowledge base because it is likely that sooner or later you will come across a family branch with new information.

The problem is that when you turn up on the doorstep of your remote cousin, while they may welcome you with open arms, if you start suggesting taking away their treasures for copying there can be a distinct change in the mood! Flip-Pal mobile scanner can now come to the rescue!

Flip-Pal mobile scanner is small and operates on four AA batteries and is thus portable but this does not restrict its capacity to scan large items. It can take a multitude of scans and as long as they are overlapping the stitching software provided will gather up all the small scans and produce a single image. In fact scanning great granny's home-made quilt cover is possible!

Just how is it possible to use a tiny scanner to scan large items. Well it is simply a matter of clipping off the lid, flipping the scanner over and placing it on the original. Take multiple scans making sure there is some overlap on all sides. You can see through the scanner and see the area being covered in the scan. It is just so easy. Large picture in a frame under glass—no problems—just put the picture frame and all flat on the kitchen table and away you go! Need to scan some small items like medals. Not a problem just place them on the glass and step back!

Pictured above: Scanning a 3D object is as easy as leaving the lid up!

Pictured above: The result—Frank Jaunay's campaign medals.

Adjacent: Even a large fabric wall hanging can be accommodated! Just unclip the lid and flip the scanner over but make sure you leave generous overlaps to allow the stitching software to determine a reasonable number of matches between each scan.

Below: the result of two rows of scanning.

Flip-Pal can be set to 300 or 600dpi resolution both more than adequate for the resolution of your computer screens and for all but the very highest quality off-set printed coffee table books printed.

Once you return home it is just so easy to transfer your scans to your computer via the SD memory card like the one in your digital camera. If your computer does not accept SD cards—no problem, Flip-Pal comes with a USB that accepts the SD card!

The only accessory I purchased was a carry bag and I selected a bright red one but you may prefer blue, purple or light brown.

In closing a word of caution. If you are planning to purchase a mobile scanner to copy records held in libraries and archives, think again. Very few of these establishments permit the use of scanners and that includes those who allow digital cameras. In South Australia just one organisation will accept the use of scanners and they have very few original records! Scanners are rejected on two main grounds. Those who reject the use of digital cameras usually see the use of such equipment as a loss of revenue from copying fees, but even if you offer to pay the copying fee to use the scanner because it produces a better outcome, you are likely to be refused. Those that allow digital camera express concern that a scanner with its bright light and physical contact may damage the document.

Flip-Pal is not aware of or influenced my decision to write this review.
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