Family Photo Resources

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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19
Jun

The inspiring story of how a little boy’s question sparked a photo scanning app with millions of downloads

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Dad, where are your old photos?  On a warm summer afternoon, a 6 year-old boy in Tel Aviv, Israel asked his father, “Dad, I’d like to see what you looked like as a kid. Can you show me some pictures?” At once Yair was filled with nostalgia, but also dread. Although he knew old photos of him […]

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08
Jun

This Startup May Have Created the Easiest Way to Guarantee That Your Family Stays In Touch

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I love getting mail – real mail, that is. There’s just something fun about walking down my driveway, opening my mailbox, sifting through piles of junk mail and discovering a handwritten note addressed to me. It makes me feel special, cared for and loved. Human handwriting –those unique scribbles and scrawls and signatures–is the secret sauce that makes mail magical. When someone […]

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05
Jun

The Surprisingly Simple Trick to Getting Your Loved Ones to Talk about Family History

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  Every year on January 1, millions of people around the world vow they will start journaling and documenting their life. Hundreds of people also commit to asking their loved ones about their lives and family histories. In fact, journaling is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. But by March, most people have given up […]

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05
Jun

How a Funeral Led to One of the Largest Scanning Services in the World

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On our quest to save family photos, we run into kindred spirits. We meet like-minded people who are passionate about preserving photos and the stories they tell. They inspire us; they challenge us; they keep us going. And often, their stories surprise us! That’s why we were thrilled to connect with the founders of ScanCafe, who shared […]

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