Advisory Board member

Meet the AncestryⓇ Canada Family History Advisory Board

I am excited to say that I am a member of's Advisory Board. 
I would love to help you look for records on

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The Genealogy Show article

I had the honour of writing an article for The Genealogy Show's A to Z challenge. I wrote the O is for Online article.

Do you have backups of photos and other items online?
Read what happened when Fort McMurray, Alberta burnt.

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Use Google Photos to verify same person

Nathan Dylan Goodwin asked people on twitter if they thought the person in two different photos were the same person. Social media is a great way to get other people's opinion but I suggested another way.

Are you scanning in photos and not sure who everyone is or if they are in another photo? Try the following.

Side Note before you start
You might want to create a separate Google account with just your ancestor photos. It doesn't cost anything and then your personal photos will be separate.  This gives you less recent photos to mix with your ancestors.

1. Go to Google.  If necessary, create a Google account.

2. Log in, if you are not already.

3. Click on the 9 dots in the top right hand corner of the screen. The menu appears.

4. Click on the Google Photos icon. The following menu appears on the left. Photos on right.

5. Click Albums from the left menu.

6. Click on People or Click on People & Pets.
Pets was recently added. (Explanation below.) Some platforms does not include Pets yet.

A photo of each person you have in all the photos you have upload are listed. If you have created photo albums they are listed here.

7. Click on the photo of the person you want to find match photos of. Photos that Google Photos thinks is the same person will appear on the web page.

Google Photos will find the same people even if they are children. If Google Photos is not sure if it is the same person with different ages, it will ask you if it is the same person.

Add a name to the person/album and share with others.
Near the top left hand corner of the screen it will ask you for a name. 
1. Click on Add a name 

2. Type in the name of the person. 

3. Hit Enter.

Pets added comment by Google Photos

Evernote: A to Z blog challenge 2020 Index

Evernote: Z is for Zoom

Zoom allows you to increase and decrease the size of the text or graphics in the note.
Holding down the CTRL key and using the mouse ball does not work.

Shortcut keys
As illustrated on the menu above.