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Simple ways to digitize paper records and photos

Q. I'm getting into genealogy and I'm not sure where to start. I do know I'll probably be digging through court records, shoeboxes of photos and such. I'd like to make sure I have digital copies of the paper records and photos I find. What's the best way to do this? I don't necessarily want to lug a scanner and computer with me everywhere I go. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
-Stephen from from Dallas, TX, listens to my national radio show on KRLD 1080 AM

A. I'm happy to help you out, Stephen. Personally I love genealogy; you never know what interesting tidbits you'll discover.

Many people think that I am of Italian heritage because my last name ends with the letter O. While I love Rome, pizza and pasta, that's not the truth.

My father was 100 percent Russian Ukrainian. My grandparents went through Ellis Island in the 1920s. Our name wasn't Komando then; it was a much longer version.

My grandparents spoke no English, and, as my grandmother told me, the lines were long at Ellis Island and it was hot. The clerk quickly wrote the first part of our last name and pushed them to the next line. Komando it was!

Of course, researching your family history does take some effort, but not nearly as much as it used to. Even digitizing paper records is a snap with modern technology.

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