I was completely taken by surprise yesterday, because my brother Alan had bought something for me that he knew I wanted very much (and which was on my Christmas Wish List for later this year).
He is not so very into our family history, but does listen when I talk about it, although sometimes with that glazed look in his eye that non-genealogists get. So he very kindly treated me to this:
A handheld scanner!! Wow, this is such a wonderful gift for me. I can take it with me to Record Offices to scan documents and parish registers and all sorts. I can take it with me to visit my family to scan lots of old photographs and I have so very many copies of documents and Wills that need to be scanned so I am going to have a wonderful time with my new present!!
Here is a pic of me using it today, having worked out how it works!!
I scanned those Marriage Licences that came the other day with my new present today. (I also posted this photo to my Project 365 Photo Journal blog (where I am taking a photo every day for a year) at http://picsbychris.wordpress.com/) Now I am ready for anything!! Armed with my portable scanner and digital camera there will be no stopping me now!!