The Strong Connection Between Photo Scanning, Leaving a Legacy, and Learning Family History

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5 cousins wearing vintage hats, 1978

If you’re a grandparent like our customer Linda Pompel, it is likely you have decades-old albums, filled with photos from high school, college, the early days of married life, your children as babies, and numerous family vacations. You might even have albums that belonged to your parents.

Since you can still recall who is in what photo and when and where it was taken, this is the time to get those photos digitized so they are preserved for your grandchildren – and future generations. It is exactly what Linda is doing, and she is having great fun with the project.

Linda recently sent us about 800 photos after taking apart decades-old albums. “I was married in 1967 and had photos for 50-60 years since I got my first little camera,” she recounted. “I sent them in [to ScanMyPhotos], and I was, of course nervous to not have them in my possession, but everything went fine. I got back this DVD with all these wonderful photos.”

It’s through the photos that we’ve actually met our grandmother.

As she and her husband went through the photos, there were quite a few things she had forgotten about. “We went from picture to picture looking at our kids being born, growing up, our parents – all of our family was right there…. I have photos of the kids’ very first steps. I knew they were ready to walk, so the camera was right there. Those were really special.”
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Divorcing? Thanks To Technology, Now Everyone Gets To Keep Family Photos

Dividing photos during divorceThere is no other way to put it: divorce is awful. Even if it’s amiable, it is still exhausting, stressful, expensive, and just plain hard, especially when it comes to deciding who gets to keep what marital property.

No matter how long you’ve been married, there are lots of memories saved on your hard drive, in albums, and in shoe boxes. From chronicling the first year of the first grandchild, to your sister-in-law’s destination wedding, to your in-law’s 40th wedding anniversary party, those milestones and that family history is important to many people on both sides of the family.

Dividing up those photos used to be an impossible chore, but it’s not anymore. Thanks to the many wonders of the digital age, it is fast, easy, and inexpensive to ensure both spouses, in-laws, “out-laws,” and everyone else in the family gets to keep treasured photos.

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