While DNA Tests Offer a Peek into Family History, Your Genealogy Efforts are Missing This

family historyAs DNA testing kits become more affordable, the number of unbelievable family history stories surrounding these tests is increasing.

 

This recent piece written by The New York Times, covers a story on a Bob Hutchinson who used a DNA test to finally get some answers into the family history his mother kept a secret throughout his life. The test uncovered that he was one-eighth sub-Saharan African—a fact his mother never shared with him. From there he uncovered cousins he didn’t know he had and was able to establish a connection with this new found family.

 

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Why You Need to Digitize Photos and Preserve Them for Future Generations

digitize photosWhy and How to Digitize Photos For Future Generations. It’s This Easy


As technology continues to advance, the way in which we preserve our history is also changing. From cave drawings to oil paintings and from print photos to Snapchat selfies, it’s important for us to now digitize photos in order to keep them safe for future generations.

 

But if you need a few reasons why it’s important to digitize photos before it’s too late, then consider the following:



Print photos will eventually succumb to the elements

 

Unless you have your print photos stored in acid-free, archival-quality storage containers and kept in a temperature-controlled room away from sunlight, then your photos are at risk of getting destroyed by the elements. Of course, we definitely recommend doing everything you can to keep your print photos safe, but digitizing them is the only way to truly protect them from the elements.

 


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How to Capture the Big Picture Across America #PictureLocalHistory

#PictureLocalHistoryThe Big Picture Across America Photo Project


Call to share American heritage from nostalgic photos announced by ScanMyPhotos.com from family photo album archives.


Our local history holds a treasure trove of interesting stories and tales about how our nation came to be. This history is also what helped to shape who we are, where we come from, and/or where we currently live. This is why we’re starting our #PictureLocalHistory challenge for the month of August.


While many historical societies and archivists throughout our country work hard to preserve local history, we’ve found that many of these clues and stories of the past are hiding away in the closets, attics, and basements of our customers.


That’s right—we’ve scanned 400 million vintage print photos that reveal how life was lived in American cities and towns 20, 50, and even sometimes 100 years ago. One of these photos might even be sitting in your closet right now, waiting to be preserved.


So, in honor of World Picture Day 2017—which falls on August 19—we’re challenging every city in America with a very special project: #PictureLocalHistory.



What’s your hometown’s story?


Whether it’s a photo of your great grandfather riding his 1930s Harley from Wisconsin to San Diego or a photo of your great grandmother which shows a day in the life of your Chumash heritage, old print photos highlight bits and pieces of history across America.


And, of course, there are still more pieces out there to be discovered. With 3 1/2 trillion still-analog printed photo snapshots, they are awaiting to be scanned and digitized. These photos could reveal fun, interesting, or crazy pieces of local history—and now is our chance to bring them to life.

 

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How to Share Pictures at Family Reunions

Photography: Family Reunion Tip


When extended families gather together, from grandparents, to siblings and first cousins, the convergence of multi-generational ancestors is made extra memorable when everyone shares pictures. Not just those recent activities stored on mobile devices, but also generations of analog photo snapshots, 35mm slides and negatives from yesteryear. This helps build a legacy of storytelling to unite families on a genealogical tour to recall ancestors and the whole family’s history.


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FAMILY REUNION PHOTO TIP


1) SCAN. Start by asking each family member to gather all their photographs and have each one digitized. There are several easy ways to affordably digitize pictures, from the ScanMyPhotos.com pay-per-scan option, to its popular fill-the-box services to scan about 1,800 pictures, and the much larger Family Generations Collection, where more than 10,000 photos are digitized with free shipping and completed in days.


Family viewing photos on TV2) NARRATE AND RECORD. At the reunion, gather together in front of a large television and sync to the photo files. Set up a camcorder in the rear of the room to record the narratives, as each person shares the stories behind the picture. This is always emotional, and filled with laughter and even weeping chronicles of past events and remembrances from deceased relatives. Provide all the attendees with a copy of the recorded walk down the genealogical path to preserve your family’s time line.


For a wealth of photo digitizing tips, visit ScanMyPhotos.com

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