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Personal Archiving; Start Today

Updated on September 8, 2014

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Digital Personal Archiving is not now something for tomorrow, it is for TODAY. Each of us should consider what we have in our life that we would like to preserve for the future. This book is an excellent beginning point. I am reviewing this book as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer and am finding it every bit as useful and easy to read as I hoped and expected it to be. Because of my passion for family history and genealogy, my interest is not an idle interest... it is very live and active.

Do you have as many family photos and documents as I have? Personally, I have nearly 75 years worth, plus many left by my parents and their parents, to consider. I've made a number of attempts to organize and preserve, but have still come up short. This book is giving me new hope that what I have done is not lost. This book is providing additional ideas, processes and services, some new in just the past year or so, that I will now want to consider as I continue to review my challenge.

Has your local library offered programs on Personal Archiving? The Library of Congress, I read in an early chapter, for example, not only has provided a wealth of information on their website for individuals, like you and me, but is also working closely with local libraries across the country to encourage greater and wider participation in Personal Archiving. I hope you will consider participating as well.

Later chapters in the book add academic research and case studies that are very useful to many of us with special interests. Are you one of those? If you are, this information is for you. If not, the first several chapters are worth getting the book, anyway. I hope you get it and enjoy as much as I have. And, let's each put it to use, as well.

Preserve Family Photos

Personal archiving begins, I believe, with preservation of your family photos. Do you have family photos of your own family, your parents' family, your grandparents' family or further back. You need to take action, now, to record and preserve these memories.

The books recommended on this page are a great way to start doing this.

Paul Kinnick Family in 1938
Paul Kinnick Family in 1938
How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records
How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records

I do have this book which I got from the author, a genealogy colleague. I strongly recommend it to everyone!

 

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      That could be just the book I need to help push me further along this trail. Thank you for recommending it.

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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      I have been working on digitizing my photos and documents for about 2 years. It's a big project and I tend to go in spurts. I realized too late that photos I saved as jpg in the early days of scanning are getting very dark and disappearing. So, part of project was to go back to rescan those as jpg and tiff.

      Thanks for sharing this book. I will have to check it out to see if it can help me with this massive undertaking.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I am working on this currently, I get stumped sometimes but I never give up. My Grandmother Stewart has a lineage you wouldn't believe. Robert the Bruce, William the Conquer, Charlemange, Kings and Queens from nearly everywhere. I have very few pictures of the relatives, but I'm happy with what I have so far. As for objects I have given them to other relatives, since I live in a small cottage. They are thrilled!

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I have been archiving family photos since I found a large batch of old photos, after my mom passed away. I usually scan and edit but it is a long process.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Heidi Vincent: This was your reminder. Best wishes! ;-)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      i've been thinking of doing this but haven't got around to doing it just yet.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Good for you. Wide discussion is needed as well as individual attention. ;-)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      I have taken steps to preserve my family memories, but do not have a definite plan. Like you, I have file boxes galore of mostly photos; a few letters. So, I was very interested in your book review as well as the Personal Archive project that the Library of Congress has come up with. Thanks for such an interesting and pertinent review.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @linfcor: Thank you. We all need to think about it seriously, for sure! ;-)

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I am an avid scrap book artist . It is my passion to preserve and protect the family memories, Great lens to get people thinking about it

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      Yes! I really should take your advice and start doing something about this isuue - thanks for the reminder

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      Mellithorpe 3 years ago

      Great lens. In fact I am in the process of setting up to sort through all of my acquired pictures. I also think it's very important to save and preserve our heritage.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Thanks for the tip on some resources. I think I am not alone in being way behind on this.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Babu Mohan: No time like today to get started! ;-)

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow. What an excellent piece of information. I need to start spending time on archiving the old stuff including the very old ones that need digital conversion.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @MargaritasWorld: Wonderful! Hope it works well for you! ;-)

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      Margarita Boettcher 3 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      First time I have ever shared anything from Squidoo or any other site on my facebook. I got the book and just stared it. Thank you!

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      This is so important, and something many people don't think about. I've thought about it but admit I haven't done enough of it. Thanks for the reminder and motivation.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I have all my digital files in order, but haven't scanned older photos and documents. Definitely our progeny will be glad we made the effort.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Linda BookLady: Assume you are in the majority, unfortunately. ;-)

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I think about this a lot but I need to be a lot more organized!!

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      jmark13 lm 3 years ago

      I too have considered this rather seriously. I'm uploading things to clouds and stuff but I'm also going to invest in a server or a database where I can keep photo's and electronic journals where I can tag and categorize things. I'm still going to have to figure it out, but that's the plan.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Colin323: Thanks for your support! ;-)

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      It is very important to organise family photos and to write an account of important periods of one's life so that future generations can learn something of their family members past lives. Better still, keep a diary, or make tape recordings and put them online. Small, everyday comments about life today will be invaluable to historians in the future.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @esmonaco: Good for you! ;-)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      We have so many pictures and documents that I don't know where to start. Thanks I'll have to check this out.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @katiecolette: Perhaps for New Years - or a birthday! ;-)

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      katiecolette 3 years ago

      The books you recommend would have been great Christmas gifts for my mother-in-law who is very much into genealogy and archiving. I will have to make a note for myself for next year.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Virginia Allain: Good for you. Best wishes. Thanks for the notes on Facebook message. Much appreciated! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @DebMartin: Deb,

      What a fantastic opportunity. Be sure to check out the second book recommended, as well. It is especially for your situation! I'd love to have your problem! ;-)

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      I'm interested in this, especially now that I'm cleaning our my parent's house. So much, even going back to the 1600's. But what to do with it all. I'm the end of the line. Sigh.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I sort of "have a plan." Lots to do with the 25 boxes of papers/photos that I inherited from my mom. I'm gung ho to organize and preserve it all in 2014.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @getmoreinfo: Great! This is a good time of year to be reminded, for sure! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan. We can each use this information. I know I can! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Ruthi: For sure! Thanks for commenting! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Faye Rutledge: Great! This is a good time of year to be reminded, for sure! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Elyn MacInnis: The last half of the book is reports on studies to help us all.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @burntchestnut: Great! This is a good time of year to be reminded, for sure! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @RoadMonkey: Great! This is a good time of year to be reminded, for sure! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @DeborahDian: Great! This is a good time of year to be reminded, for sure! ;-)

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      Very cool idea for family keepsakes and genealogy

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I really appreciate the ease of archiving pictures online. I still don't label things as I should and I know I could use the information in this book. Thanks for your great review and congratulations on your review of the day!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Personal Archiving is an important reminder for those who wish to have their history carry on through the generations.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for sharing this info, it's good to know about. I need to get working on this myself!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      It is nice to have advice from experts on this sort of thing. I'll take a look! Thanks for the good idea.

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      burntchestnut 3 years ago

      This is a hard project to start (and finish). I've started and stopped many times with my own photos and with ones my mother gave me.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Useful reminder. I have so much stuff, old photos etc. Some of it is on DVD but there is still a lot more to do!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I've preserved a few things, but your article has given me even more ideas!