Thursday, July 10, 2008
Posted by Thomas MacEntee
This weekend I will be making a short trip home to New York to visit my mother in the nursing home and to attend a party with many of my aunts, uncles and cousins. One aspect of the trip that I am looking forward to is returning to Montrepose Cemetery in Kingston, NY and New Paltz Rural Cemetery in New Paltz, NY where many of my ancestors on my father's side are buried.
On my last trip in March, I was able to take pictures of some head stones but the sun interferred in being able to read the contents in the photos I produced. I figured this time I would take a short inventory of the graves, writing down the information.
Juggling a notepad and writing down info with a camera in the other hand is not easy, so I came up with this idea: why not use Jott™ to input the data?
If you are not familiar with Jott™, it is a voice-to-text transcription service available for free. I will call the toll-free number from my cell, tell Jott™ that the message is to "me," and whatever I dictate will be sent in text to my email address.
There is a 30-second limit to each Jott™ so I will need to not only speak clearly and pray for a good connection, but also make sure to keep the message short. I figure if I Jott™ each head stone, I should have information to back up each photo in case I can't read any data.
I will report back next week on how Jott™ works for me in this aspect - I can't wait to see the results!
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