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Research Notes 2020-5-11

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Affordable Research * Tumblr * Storytellers Studio

More Tumblrs? You will really like these!


The Affordable Research blog is hosted on Tumblr at and is full of research resources that are accessible online and most of their content is available at no cost. The Kentucky Digital Newspapers is just one example of the many resources available online. The Affordable Research blog includes state archives, libraries and publications. You will also find recommended reading, online presentations, historic maps and much more. It’s not just data – there are a number of presentations too – like Amy Johnson Crow’s Free Source for Genealogy: Digital Public Library of America.


What you see today is just the beginning. There are many more resources just waiting to be added to the list. Affordable Research is both a Tumblr blog and a MeWe group. All of this genealogy goodness is freely accessible to all. Both platforms have messaging capabilities so we can ask questions, share tips or just chat.


Create Graphic Books With Keynote


Who would think that presentation apps like PowerPoint (Windows) or Keynote (Apple) are also great for storytelling? You will be surprised what you can do with them. They make great scrapbooks, photo albums and even storybooks. In this example, I’m using Keynote on my iPad to create this “sketchbook” of my uncle, Thomas Albert Barker. I call it a sketchbook because the content is part storybook and part scrapbook.

While what you see here is obviously a series of slides, Keynote lets me export them to a PDF document which I can then share with my family. I can also kick it up a notch (and spend some money) to turn this “sketch” into a bound book.


What you see here is one of the first pages in what would become a forty-five page book published both as a digital book and a bound book. Yes, this storybook is full of photos, but it also has a lot of scrapbooking features like you see here.

Want to learn more? You will find the rest of this story at the Creekside Tales blog. Click on the Behind the Alligator Farm.pdf link to download the entire book. The Storytellers Studio blog is full of ideas, tips and resources to help you build your own storybooks. And, if you have questions, just ask!

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