How to Transcribe Scanned Images in iFamily for Leopard

Would you like to be able to quickly locate interesting text within your scanned genealogy document images? I often find myself searching a scanned newspaper page image for text that I had previously thought interesting. iFamily for Leopard speeds up this process by allowing one to annotate a scanned image with a rectangular box. Further, it enables one to type in a transcription of the text. That text can then be linked to the box, making returning to it later, very quick.

In this video from the MacGenealogist Archives I walk you through adding an image to a person, transcribing a section of the image, and locating the transcribed section. There is a bonus tip contained in this screencast as well. Please play the video and follow along in your iFamily for Leopard database.


  1. Edmund Deane says

    Good screencast. By extension, you could use the ‘transcribe’ boxing function on other pictures as well, in particular where you would have a group shot, such as elementary school class, or other event shot. This would locate the particular person from among the larger group of people, working much like memory miner.

  2. D. L. Bright says

    One shortcoming is that you cannot use it on .pdf files. At least I have not found a way.

    Ben, An off topic tip: My wife was born in Mexico and her full surname is Cervantes Prado. To get both names to show in the context screen, I use an between the two names. This will also work for first and middle names.

  3. D. L. Bright says

    Oops! Apparently I cant use the forward arrow and back arrow to denote different keys.

    What I was trying to say is that you press the option key and then the space bar between the two names.

  4. says

    D. L., I found the same thing.

    As for stopping names from being split: good find! It’s called a non-breaking space.

    Thanks for commenting.


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