When my kids were young, someone introduced me to the world of scrapbooking. It was a great hobby because not only did I have a fun finished product, but also in the process, I had organized and preserved my kids’ photos. My family grew and so did the number of albums I had. At last count, I had around 150 albums! Now I worry about preserving those albums for future generations. Additionally, we inherited shoeboxes full of family photos. Dating and identifying the photos overwhelmed me, so my daughter decided to help.
We found a system and began sorting photos every Sunday afternoon. I began sharing stories with her about my childhood and things I remembered about extended family. My daughter’s most important role was to be a cheerleader. She could always tell when I was getting frustrated and would give me a hug. Then we would stop and go eat some cookies. With her help, I organized the family photos and finally found a photo of my aunt’s wedding that I had been searching for over many years. When my aunt got divorced, she went back and tore her husband out of all the wedding photos. We had her torn pieces, but my mom had a copy with everyone in it. I have been able to share that photo with others.
September is Save Your Photos Month and Saturday, September 29, is Save Your Photos Day. Don’t let your precious memories be lost. Take time this month to identify ancestors in old photos, back up your digital photos, or even share your favorite photo with a family member. The Midwest Genealogy Center has some resources to help you preserve your photos.
We have scanners and copiers (that work as scanners) to save digital copies of your photos. You can also use the SlideSnap Pro scanner to convert your slides into digital files. Just bring in your photos or slides and a flash drive. Of course, the Library also has books you can check out on photo organization, preservation, and restoration. Preserving Your Family Photographs by Maureen Taylor is provides great tips for the genealogist.
What will you do this month to ensure that your photos be around for future generations to enjoy?
Midwest Genealogy Center