Family Photo Resources

11
Jan

How to Use Photos As Conversation Starters with Your Grandparents

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Say goodbye to awkward conversations with your grandparents. No more sitting in silence, wondering what to talk about next. No more feelings of guilt for not visiting more often. It turns out you have exactly what you need to kickstart a great conversation with your grandparents! According to the Alzheimer’s Association, photos can be used […]

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09
Jan

Family History is For Everyone – 5 Reasons to Attend RootsTech

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When I used to think of family history or genealogy, my brain conjured up images of dusty libraries, stacks of birth records, and tons of traditional family trees. In short, it seemed like something that I would try out later in life – like much, much later. Ok, let’s be honest: I assumed most family […]

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31
Oct

Metadata Camp Recap: Save Family Photos Team Geeks out with the Photo Organizers

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This Fall we hosted our first-ever Metadata Camp, an intensive workshop for photo organizers, photo editors, photographers, family historians and memory-keepers of all backgrounds. Teaming up with APPO, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, we hosted nearly 30 attendees who wanted to hone their photo organizing skills and learn best practices for adding metadata to […]

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23
Oct

Expert Tips for Restoring Old or Damaged Family Photographs

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It’s heartbreaking when family photos are abandoned simply because they are dusty, damaged, or show signs of wear and tear. Yet many families face tough decisions when cleaning out their attics, or following the death of a love one. What do you do with the old, worn photos? The good news is: old photos can […]

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20
Sep

The Real Story Behind Instagram’s Most Fascinating Historical Fiction

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Back in 1998, my friend Bryan and I were poking around an antique store when I found two boxes of photos. What I found that day was well-documented volume after well-documented volume of black and white photos full of women in bathing suits and dance costumes. Women traveling all over the world doing what they so […]

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18
Sep

How to Be a Good Steward of Family Stories: a Professional Archivist’s Perspective on Estate Planning

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As the youngest of four children, with almost a decade between myself and the next oldest, I have always been fascinated with figuring out what went on in my family before my arrival. I vividly remember childhood afternoons spent poking through drawers, reading letters and poring over boxes and albums of photographs. As obsessed as I […]

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14
Aug

5 Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following if You’re One of Those Folks Who Collects Vintage Photos of Strangers

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If you’re anything like me, you can’t resist those boxes of old photos in thrift shops. They draw you in, like a moth to a flame. And before you know it, half an hour has passed and you’ve got a stack of pictures in your hand. And you don’t know a single person in them. […]

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20
Jul

A Professional Genealogist’s Tips for Uncovering Family History in Old Photos

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In my 25 years of doing family trees, I’ve found no greater joy than coming across a story or a photo of an ancestor, either my own or in someone else’s tree. Photographs make our loved ones seem more real, while stories written by or about them share a small piece of their life journey […]

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12
Jul

Photo Organizing 101: How to Use Photomechanic to create a smart file management system

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Picture this: your mom asks you to text her a photo of yourself from your childhood. You vaguely recall scanning a print, maybe even a few favorites. But when it comes to finding the actual files, you’re stumped. And the more you search, the more you feel like pulling out your hair! Digitizing analog photos or backing […]

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26
Jun

Who Else Wants Some Good News about those Boxes of Deteriorating Family Photos?

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It’s a unique mix of magic and anxiety. It’s a moment of truth. It’s a feeling unlike any other. It’s an experience called NOSTALGIA. When we discover old family photos, we are given a passport to a place called memory. This experience is powerful – everyone can relate to it. Have you ever opened a closet in your parents’ […]

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