Smartly Using a Smartphone Camera

April 3rd, 2017 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

Technology, F318, Smartly Using a Smart Phone Camera, 9:30 am, Friday, 12 May 2017

Smartphones have not only changed the way we communicate, keep track of time, listen to music, navigate, play games, socialize, and take pictures, they have also changed the way we do genealogy. One of the features of smartphones that can be utilized for genealogy is the camera.

Understand key concepts such as cellular data versus wi-fi, resolution, and cloud storage. Learn tips and tricks for photographing documents, and how to turn your phone into a scanner. Advance your knowledge of photographing microfilm and grave markers. Hear what apps Robert recommends.

Gathering the necessary information for a citation can be maddening. But managing the stream of images can provide all the necessary information. Come to this class to learn one quick method utilizing the stream of images.

The methodologies in this presentation are applicable to many combinations of smartphones, apps, home computers, and cloud storage providers. They are illustrated with the configuration the author uses: an iPhone 6, a Windows 10 laptop, and Dropbox cloud storage. Some guidance will be given for choosing alternatives.

About Your Speaker: Robert Raymond is a deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher. He writes a top ranked genealogy blog (pseudonymically) about,, records, and methodology. A genealogical technologist with more than 30 years experience, he holds over a dozen technology patents and earned a master’s degree in electrical (computer) engineering from Brigham Young University. Robert has served as a director of the National Genealogical Society since 2012.