I have wanted a slide scanner for a long time now.  I knew that my mom had a stack of slide carousels, languishing in a back closet and I was dying to see what they contained.  When I was visiting her this past summer, I emptied the carousels and took all of the slides home with me – where they languished in the back of my closet for a few months.  I then decided that a slide scanner was what I was getting for Christmas.  And I got it early, because I couldn’t wait.

I looked around a bit on Amazon and decided on the Wolverine F2D.  Sounds like a weapon instead of a piece of photographic equipment, doesn’t it?  There were some that were more expensive (and possibly of better quality) but in my opinion I didn’t need the top of the line.  I don’t have an infinite number of slides to copy.  I have one grocery bag full of them and when I’m done with them, the scanner will probably only be brought out when I want to make copies from negatives once in a while.  The Wolverine was on sale ($80 when I bought it) and seemed to be both in the price range and quality range I was looking for.

When I opened the box, I was quite surprised at how small and lightweight it was.  In the box was: the scanner, cord for the wall (which doubles as a USB cord for the computer, a tray for slides, a tray for 35mm film, and a small brush.

I plugged it right in and loaded the tray with slides.  I was up and scanning in a couple of minutes.  The controls were very simple and easy to understand.  It was all very straight forward and I like that.

I think what I like about it the most is that it is stand alone.  It has its own screen and you don’t have to have it plugged into the computer at all.  There are a couple of adjustment buttons that you can push while scanning – to change the exposure/lighting.  Other than that, it’s pretty much the push of a button and it’s scanned – immediately.  No waiting around like I do when I scan an image on my large printer/scanner/copier.

The scanner has its own internal memory, but it only holds 13-14 pictures at a time.  You can put an SD card in it if you have one (I didn’t since my camera takes xD, so I’ve been going back and forth uploading the pics onto my computer). If I had a huge number of slides/negatives then I would probably purchase one to make my scanning sessions more enjoyable.

I’m still getting the hang of scanning.  I’m a ditz.  It seems like about 75% of everything I scan ends up being backwards.  I guess I just can’t seem to figure out which is the “right” way on the few different types of slides that my mom used.

Almost all of the pictures had a small black line on one or two sides of them.  It just took a quick easy crop to get them out and then for the most part they were fine.  There were a few that were blurry(the one below is), but I think that some of the pictures were just plain out of focus.  Oh the days before digital photography, auto focus, and the wonderful delete button!

Here is an example of the black line on the side and bottom of this picture.  (this is me in our half-built house):

After scanning about half of the slides, I decided to try out some negatives too.  The stack of negatives that I was dying to see transformed into pictures were not 35mm film though.  I thought I’d give it a try to see if I could make it work anyway.  The negatives fit exactly into the slot, but they only scanned the middle area of the negative, so I could only get the middle of the picture.  I was happy with what I was able to get from it though – I mean really, it wasn’t designed for that type of film, so it’s not like I could expect perfection.

I love the envelopes that these negatives were in.  This one was dated 1941:

I noticed that the pictures I made from the negatives had a lot more “fuzz” on them than the slides.  The negatives were from the 30’s and 40’s though and had been sitting in envelopes along with pictures that had been handled a bit.  I need to take the time to clean them off properly before scanning again so that I can get clearer images.  Here you can see some of the spots on the picture.

All in all though I was impressed with the scanner for the price I paid.

  • Susan - December 14, 2010 - 9:50 am

    Thanks so for this review. We’ve boxes of slides to tackle and I’ve wondered how this would work. You’ve answered all my questions.

    And congratulations on being nominated for the Top 40! So deserved.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Cayemberg - December 14, 2010 - 10:37 am

    Looks great! Looks like a better scanner than I got. I’m jealous! I bet Andy loves the name :)ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Stocking Kline - December 21, 2010 - 11:49 am

    Thank you for the great post! I’ve got a sack full of slides, too, or would if I dumped them into a grocery sack, and have been looking to see what to use to scan them. You’ve helped worlds by adding another option!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie - December 28, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    I bought a similar model for my husband for his birthday this year – he has a ton of old negatives and slides. I found the unit worked fairly well – but often I imported the picture into photoshop and adjusted the lightening and cleared up some spots and blemishes. If you invest a little time, your results are amazing. Nifty little gadget.ReplyCancel

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Voting has begun for Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs and will continue through December 20th.  There are 8 different categories and you can vote for 5 in each one – and you can vote multiple times.:)The top 40 will be named in the July 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

I have been nominated in the New Blogs category – and so has my good friend Cherie, from Have You Seen My Roots?  There are many nominated blogs that I read regularly, but I’m very excited about going through the list of nominees and finding some new reads too!

So, here is the list of the nominated blogs, split into the 8 various categories:

Relatively Curious About Genealogy
Clue Wagon
Family History Tracing
The We Tree Genealogy Blog
Roots and Rambles
Greta’s Genealogy Bog
Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
Creative Gene
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
You Go Genealogy Girls
The Educated Genealogist
Olive Tree Genealogy

Granite in My Blood
Digital Cemetery Walk
Over Thy Dead Body
Tombstone Territory
Escape to the Silent Cities
The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal
Gen Wish List
Cemetery Explorers

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog
Renee’s Genealogy Blog
Genealogy’s Star
Moultrie Creek Gazette
Ancestry Insider
Family Oral History Using Digital Tools
GeneaNet Genealogy Blog

Heritage Groups:
The Scottish Emigration Blog
Anglo-Celtic Connections
The Knowles Collection
George Geder Evangelist for African Ancestored Genealogy
Acadian & French-Canadian Ancestral Home
Luxegen Genealogy
Wandering and wondering (a’spaidsearachd agus a’meòrachadh)
Tracing the Tribe
Of Trolls And Lemons
Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestors
Black and Red Journal
Georgia Black Crackers
Donna’s Ireland blog
Scottish GENES
The French Genealogy Blog

Research Advice/How-To:
Personal Past Meditations
Shades of the Departed
Genealogy Tip of the Day
Gena’s Genealogy
Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica
The Family Curator
The Armchair Genealogist
Family History Research Tips
NARAtions: The Blog of the United States National Archives

Local/Regional Research:
Grey County Historical Society
Virginia Historical Society Blog
MoSGA Messenger
Midwestern Microhistory
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog
Utah Genealogical Association Blog
Brooklyn Historical Society Blog
Iawamba History Review
California Genealogical Society and Library Blog
New York History
My Ancestor’s Name
St. Vincent Memories
Williams County, Ohio Genealogy
Sandusky History
Alberta Family Histories Society Blog
New Blogs:
The Faces of my Family
The Scottish Emigration Blog
Adventures in Genealogy Education
Have You Seen My Roots?
The Mashburn Collection
The Turning of Generations
Pursuits of a Desperate Genie
Nolichucky Roots
Journey to the Past
The Family Recorder
Old Stones Undeciphered
Climbing My Family Tree (You’re already here!)
My Tangled Vine
Sassy Jane Genealogy
Roots Traveler
Heritage Zen

My Family History:
Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors
Tangled Trees
Begin With Craft
Nutfield Genealogy
Slovak Yankee
Greta’s Genealogy Bog
Little Bytes of Life
What’s Past is Prologue
TJLGenes: Preserving Our Family History
West in New England
Reflections From the Fence
Finding Our Ancestors
Mississippi Memories
AtlasFamily.Org Blog
Gene notes
The Accidental Genealogist
Everything’s Relative
The Internet Genealogist
Tonia’s Roots
My Channel Island History
Finding Josephine

Now that you’ve had a chance to check out all of these wonderful blogs, get out there and vote!!

P.S.  If you notice that one of these links isn’t working, please let me know.  It is very possible that I made a mistake somewhere along the way!

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I’m so proud of my “Papa” as we always called him.  He saw so much action by the time he was 20, but it was that way with many men during WWII.  I can’t imagine what a stressful time this must have been for his mother, having four sons all gone to war at the same time.  Thankfully, they all came home!

Here he is on the left, with a friend.  I really wish that I had a picture of all 4 brothers together.  I wonder if they took one after the war.

  • Andrea - December 14, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    I had never seen that article before! I am so proud of him too and it is so amazing what that whole generation of men and women did for this world! Thanks to all that serve!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 14, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    Isn’t it a great article? Dad has it. I want to find out more about his brothers’ service now. :)ReplyCancel

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My husband is descended through his daughter, Elizabeth (Neely) Snyder/Snider.

Clark County IN Will Book E, pages 43-45
Know all men by these presents that I Alexander D. Neely of the County of Clark and State of Indiana, being in good health, and in my usual state of mind do hereby make this my last will and testament.
First I hereby appoint James Neely my son my Executor. I hereby will to my daughter Elizabeth Snyder, the sum of Two Hundres dollars, in money in be paid to her out of my estate, by my said Executor. I also hereby will to my daughter Lucinda Lewman, Two Hundred dollars in money to be paid by my said Executor out of my estate. I do hereby will my daughter Sarah Stierheim, the sum of Two Hundred dollars, to be paid by said Executor out of my estate. I also will to my daughter Mary Johnson, the sum of Two Hundred dollars to be paid by the said Executor out of my estate. I also will to my son James Neely, the sum of Two Hundred dollars, out of the estate. I do also will my grandson John Williams, the sum of Fifty dollars provided he comes forward and proves his heirship, and it is my will further that my wife Sarah Neely is to be well taken care of and provided for during her natural life and it is my Will that James my Executor, shall see she is provided for properly and in a proper manner.
It is also my will that all my funeral expenses be paid by said Executor and whatever balance of money may be over the amount I have herein specified and willed and order I wish and will that my Executor James Neely to have descresionary power over and to disburse it in a proper manner amongst the members of my family as it would seem right and just,–as withness my hand and seal this 26 day of Octiber 1861.
Alexander D. Neely
Subscribed by the testator in our presence and by us subscribed as withnessed in his presence and at his request Oct. 26, 1861.
C.P. Ferguson
J.D. Rodgers

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Peter Melhus was my 2nd Great Grandfather.

Body of Former Resident Who Died at Rochester, Minn. is Buried Here

The body of Peder A. Melhus, formerly a Franklin resident who died at Rochester, Minn., on Thursday of last week, was received here on Monday this week for interment in Franklin Lutheran cemetery.  Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, May 8, at St. Luke’s church in Franklin, Rev. Henry Rydland, pastor of the church, conducting the last rites for the dead.  The church had been beautifully prepared for the funeral, members of the Ladies Aid society and old friends of the Melhus family having brought plants and flowers for the occasion.  The funeral was directed by C E Freeman.
Peder A. Melhus was born in Indreoen, Norway, April 8, 1838.  He received baptism in his home parish and was later confirmed there in the Christian faith.  Later he had the sad misfortune of following his first wife to the grave only a comparatively short time after their marriage.  To their union was born a son, Peder Andrew, who at present resides at Dunsith, N.D.  In 1874 he was united in marriage with Anna Margrethe Quam.  They immigrated to America in 1888 and located at Franklin, Renville county, Minnesota, where they resided until his wife passed away on August 28, 1916.  The death of his faithful life companion bore heavily upon him and in 1917 he left Franklin, selling the old home, to live with his daughters in Minneapolis.  After considerable illness, he died at Rochester, Minn., on May 4, 1922, while there seeking medical aid.
To the second marriage five children were born and all remain to mourn the loss of a kind and faithful father.  Mrs. Robert McAloney, Mrs. T. F. Sanchez, and A. M. Melhus of Minneapolis.  J.C. Melhus of Drady, N.D. and P.M. Melhus of Minot, N.D.
Peder A. Melhus was a member of the former Trinity church of Franklin and as such was honored and respected for his good confession both in word and deed.  The sympathy of this community is freely extended to the mourning children and relatives.
The children attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Sanchez, Mrs. Robert McAloney, and A.M. Melhus of Minneapolis, and P.M. Melhus of Minot, N.D.  Pall bearers were: J.H. Elstad, A.O. Lund, John Jacobson, Oscar Johnson, Ed H. Anderson and Hans Jensen.

  • Patty Duncan - August 11, 2011 - 10:37 pm

    I came across this while doing research on my mothers side of my family. Rev Henry Rydland was my grandfather.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - August 12, 2011 - 7:57 am

      Very cool! I’m glad that you were able to “see him at work” so to speak. :)ReplyCancel

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