Genealogy Update for Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Genealogy Update for Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 featuring genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

The Latest Genealogy News from Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy via Genealogy Update

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

This is Thomas MacEntee with Abundant Genealogy and here are the genealogy and family history-related items you need to know for today, Wednesday, October 24th, 2018:

Converting Video Tapes to Digital – Is the DIY Approach Worth It?

Last week while I was at a speaking engagement in Southern California, one of the attendees asked me how to convert VHS video tapes to DVD. More specifically, she wanted to know if any of the “do it yourself” kits on the market really work. Here’s what I told her:

  • First, you really don’t want to convert any video tape to a DVD disc. The reason? The coating on CDs and DVDs is only intended to last from 5-10 years tops. Ideally, you would want to convert a video tape to a digital file format such as WAV or, better yet, to MP4.
  • Second, yes there are some DIY kits for sale and you can find many of them on Amazon at a price as low as $29.99 USD. However consider what’s involved: you need to learn the software and make sure all the technical settings are correct; most kits use connections from your VHS player to your computer . . . what if you no longer have the player for those tapes?; and it takes quite a bit of time to not only copy the tape to the digital file, but also allow for processing time.

The best use of your time and resources is to use one of the many reliable companies that allow you to mail your tapes and have them converted easily and quickly. And the prices? In the long run, you’ll save money when you consider what it takes to convert the tapes yourself.

One company I recommend is Southtree out of Chatanooga, Tennessee.  Why? Well, they’ve been doing digital media conversion for over 10 years and they are also the folks behind the popular Legacy Box media product. And they have HUGE deals over at Groupon . . . right now you can get 3 video tapes (VHS and other formats) converted for just $17 USD! That’s under $6 USD per video! There are even better prices if you have more tapes converted! Check out today’s post at Genealogy Bargains and you’ll see the link and info you need. And remember, get started NOW if you want to have those tapes converted in time for the holiday season!

What’s On Sale Today at Genealogy Bargains

Are you familiar with Each day they scour the Internet for new deals of interest to genealogists and family historians. Here are some highlights:

  • Save 75% off the print version of Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide! Authors Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer are having a sale on the e-book version of their best-selling book Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide at Amazon! “Are you stuck in your genealogical research? Wondering how to make progress on your brick wall problems? Discover the process that a professional genealogist uses to solve difficult cases. Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide shares a step-by-step method using real world examples, easily understood by any level of genealogist; written for the researcher ready to take their skills to the next level.” Regularly $19.99 print version, now just $4.99 USD for the Amazon Kindle version! Sale valid through October 31st.

That’s all there is for now in terms of genealogy and family history news. Check back soon for further updates!


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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.