The StorEstickums system
This QR code technology is available now from a company called StickEcodes Inc through their website StorEstickums. I have just tested the system and this is my appraisal.
Full disclosure; I was asked by StickEcodes to try out their system and write an honest appraisal. They sent me some sample QR codes. I am not an affiliate of the company nor did I receive a financial reward for doing this. I’m very interested in the concept, so I agreed to try it out.
I inherited a painting from an aunt a few years ago, so decided to use this as the trial object.
Painting of Waterloo Station by SR Rodger
The first thing you need to do is set up an account on the StorEstickums website.
StorEstickums Home Page
Click on “Get Started” and follow the instructions.
Before you go any further, you should decide whether you are going to print the QR codes yourself.
At the time of writing you can either buy a “Starter Pack” for US$9.95 which contains 5 QR code labels printed on weather resistant paper and 5 tie on tags. This also allows you to create 5 archive pages on the website.
StorEstickums QR Label and Tag.
The price for printing your own label is $2.95 each which also gives you an archive page. So, if you have 4 or 5 heirlooms to label, the starter pack is the better deal.
If you buy the starter pack, I recommend that you wait until you receive it before you create the archive page on the StorEstickum website. You need to enter the code from the QR label first before you set up the page.
Creating an archive page
Once you receive the QR codes, you can create your archive page for your heirloom:
StorEstickums Archive Page setup
Give it a title, write its story, as much as you know, and attach some pictures.
When you have entered all this, click “Save” and the archive page has been created:
StorEstickums Archive Page
If you want to add an audio or video file, click “Edit” and you will have the option to do this.
There is also an option here to create a link which you can add to your Ancestry page or somewhere else.
The next step is to attach the QR label to your heirloom:
QR Label in position
Using a QR Reader App
All you need to do now is to test it. You’ll need an App on your phone to read QR codes. If you don’t have one already, you can download one for free. StorEstickums have tested a few and recommend the following from the relevant App stores:
- QR Reader by Tapmedia for iPhones
- QR Code Reader by Scan Mobile for Android phones
- Bar Code Buddy for Windows
I have an Android phone, so I downloaded QR Code Reader which worked well.
Once you have the App installed, just scan the QR label and it should take you to your archive page via a link:
Archive page on a phone after scanning the QR Code
I found the StorEstickums system to be very simple to use and it worked well. I think it’s an interesting concept and I hope it becomes popular as it’s a great way to preserve family heirloom histories.
If you have tried this system or are planning to, I’d love to know what you thought. Please leave a comment below.
For more on family history, check out The Complete Family History Guide.
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