Remember that whenever you are viewing text or a graphic on a Web page, you have already downloaded it. All recent vintage browsers have a feature which allows you to right click in the text area to display a pop-up menu. This menu usually has a "Save As" choice which will allow you to save the text as an HTML file. You can also do a "Save As" from the File Menu. This file can be read and converted to a different format by most recent word processors.
A "quick and dirty" method to capture small amounts of text is to select the desired passage, copy it to the clipboard, and then to paste it into the Notebook. This gets rid of all formatting. You can then copy it form the notebook into your word processor in the same manner and re-format it.
Graphics can handled the same way. Right click anywhere within the graphic and save it in a directory of your choice. You must save each graphic individually.
The methods just described are useful for saving short blocks of text or an occasional graphic. You can also select text and/or graphics and use the Clipboard. But they can be tedious if you want to download large amounts of text or large numbers of graphics .
All of the text and Graphics in Allen's book are available on this site for free download in convenient formats. They have all been compressed as ZIP files for faster download. You will need a recent version of WinZIP©, which can be downloaded from winzip.com either in a free trial version or at a nominal cost for the Deluxe edition. There are other programs out there that will do the same thing.
I had originally considered providing these downloads as self-extracting ZIP files. These are EXE files which will extract and decompress all of the files in them simply by double-clicking them, eliminating the need for WinZIP©. Unfortunately, because of certain anti-social elements on the Internet, many security systems and firewalls will not allow executable files to be downloaded.
I have provided the entire written text for you in Rich Text Format (Family.rtf,) a generic format with a minimal amount of formatting that can be read by most word processors. You can then edit the format to suit your own taste. The locations where the graphics belong are marked in the text so you can integrate it with the graphics in your word processor. This uncompressed text file is slightly over 1 MB in size; the ZIP file is less than 300 KB.
The ZIP file also contains an RTF document (Graphic Files.rtf) which lists each of the 116 graphics , its caption, how it appears in the original text, and in which ZIP file the picture is located.
There are three graphics formats which can be used with HTML: JPEG, GIF, and the more recent PNG. All of the graphics used in the book on this site are medium-resolution JPEG because they are smaller and therefore download faster, so the pages you see here can be displayed more quickly. I chose medium-resolution because they are noticeably clearer than low-resolution (smallest files), but I could barely tell the difference when compared side by side with high- and maximum-resolution (largest files) graphics . My judgment call. I didn't think the small improvement in clarity was worth the additional download time.
Although JPEG provides an acceptable level of clarity, the smaller file size does not come without cost. Unlike ZIP files, which return the original in its exact uncompressed form, the JPEG compression loses information. The restored file is never as clear as the original. This is barely noticeable on a video monitor, but would be on a laser printer that operates at a higher resolution.
Because of the density of the dots in the originals, the graphics were processed at the same resolution as the monitor. This limitation was imposed by the resolution of the halftone originals. A typical graphic original in uncompressed TIFF format was 950 KB; when converted to medium-resolution JPEG, this same file was 13 KB, a 73-fold size reduction (along with a corresponding reduction in download time!) The cost of this reduction was the loss of some detail from the original.
The 116 graphics files in TIFF format total 85.5 MB, and you will probably want them in this format if you plan to incorporate them with the text and print it. I have broken them down into 15 more or less equal blocks of files and compressed each block into a ZIP file. Each ZIP file is approximately one megabyte, give or take, chosen so that each ZIP file can be stored on a single diskette. Still, the combined size of the ZIP files is 17.3 MB, a long night of downloading with a 57.6 modem! Many of us now have DSL instead of dial-up modems, in which case it will only take a few minutes to download all of the graphics along with the text.
The processing of the graphics from scanning to completed TIFF format is described elsewhere on this site. I am not an artist, so for those who feel that they could do a better job of editing the graphics, I have also provided a full set of the unedited graphics. The scanned graphics were cropped, converted to TIFF files, and compressed into ZIP files as well. I would appreciate receiving copies of any files that you have improved upon for inclusion in this site as replacements.
The best possible graphics possible come from the original pictures. I doubt that very many of these are still in existence today, but if anyone has one that they would be willing to lend me briefly, I would like scan it in, and I will return it to you promptly. The only original I have is that of my great grandfather, G642, taken in 1887.
I would also like to obtain a good digital image of the painting of General William Stark Rosecrans (G657a). The frontispiece of Dirk Roosecrans came from a painting which hung in a museum in Amsterdam, and the family crest on the title page of Allen's book was supposed to have been sketched from an exhibit in an Amsterdam museum. Whether either of these artifacts are still in existence after more than a century (which saw two world wars) is questionable, but I would like to have good digital images of these if they can still be obtained.
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ZIP File Name
File Size, KB
ZIP File Contents
|Family||293||Family.rtf, Graphic Files.rtf|
|Graphics_01||1,375||Crest, Frontisp, G002, G081, G083, G085, G086, G088|
|Graphics_02||1,156||G089, G095, G103, G104a, G104b, G105a, G105b, G105c|
|Graphics_03||1,249||G106a, G106b, G108a, G108b, G109, G118, G120|
|Graphics_04||1,185||G149, G150, G154a, G154b, G176, G181a, G181b|
|Graphics_05||1,294||G184a, G184b, G193, G196, G201, G206, G216, G230, G232|
|Graphics_06||1,050||G239, G242a, G242b, G242c, G242d, G243a, G243b, G244|
|Graphics_07||1,356||G245a, G245b, G245c, G245d, G245e, G254|
|Graphics_08||1,231||G267, G268a, G268b, G279, G280a, G280b|
|Graphics_09||1,225||G287a, G287b, G287c, G287d, G301a, G301b, G301c, G302|
|Graphics_10||1,132||G303, G305, G306a, G306b, G326a, G326b, G347, G374, G375, G442|
|Graphics_11||1,075||G458, G495a, G495b, G517, G528a, G528b|
|Graphics_12||1,285||G531a, G531b, G532, G533, G534, G535, G536, G576a, G576b|
|Graphics_13||1,306||G578a, G578b, G578c, G578d, G578x, G618, G642, G657a, G657b, G659, G673|
|Graphics_14||1,129||G702a, G702b, G710, G716a, G716b, G784|
|Graphics_15||681||G814a, G814b, G831, G859, G861a, G861b, G862|
|Unedited_01||1,383||Crest, Frontisp, G002, G081, G083, G085, G086, G088|
|Unedited_02||1,320||G089, G095, G103, G104a, G104b, G105a, G105b, G105c|
|Unedited_03||1,106||G106a, G106b, G108a, G108b, G109, G118, G120|
|Unedited_04||1,160||G149, G150, G154a, G154b, G176, G181a, G181b|
|Unedited_05||1,229||G184a, G184b, G193, G196, G201, G206, G216, G230, G232|
|Unedited_06||912||G239, G242a, G242b, G242c, G242d, G243a, G243b, G244|
|Unedited_07||1,251||G245a, G245b, G245c, G245d, G245e, G254|
|Unedited_08||980||G267, G268a, G268b, G279, G280a, G280b|
|Unedited_09||1,106||G287a, G287b, G287c, G287d, G301a, G301b, G301c, G302|
|Unedited_10||1,334||G303, G305, G306a, G306b, G326a, G326b, G347, G374, G375, G442|
|Unedited_11||1,108||G458, G495a, G495b, G517, G528a, G528b|
|Unedited_12||1,350||G531a, G531b, G532, G533, G534, G535, G536, G576a, G576b|
|Unedited_13||1,199||G578a, G578b, G578c, G578d, G578x, G618, G642, G657a, G657b, G659, G673|
|Unedited_14||885||G702a, G702b, G710, G716a, G716b, G784|
|Unedited_15||689||G814a, G814b, G831, G859, G861a, G861b, G862|
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