Why Genealogy Bank Is the Most Important Tool for Family Archivists

Over the years, we have asked people why they had their pre-digital photographs preserved. Among the top answers were to create genealogy projects by going back in time. Researching who was in each photo from yesteryear and engaging the entire family on a treasure hunt to commemorate and preserve all those family memories.

Along the way, one name kept popping up for helping learn about a family’s heritage. Genealogy Bank has become the leading answer as they help you learn about your past.

 
“Every Obituary Tells a Story. Dig In. Discover Your Family Story Today.”


Genealogy Bank: “Your Family Story. “


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About GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank is a leading online genealogical resource from NewsBank, Inc. Featuring a wealth of exclusive material-including modern obituaries and historical newspapersbookspamphletsmilitary recordsgovernment documents, and more-GenealogyBank helps you discover fascinating information about your family history.

GenealogyBank’s 9,000+ historical newspapers include letters, speeches, opinion pieces, advertisements, hometown news, photographs, illustrations and more. These unique primary documents go beyond names and dates, providing first-hand accounts that simply aren’t available from census or vital records alone. With GenealogyBank, you’ll get a glimpse into the triumphs, troubles and everyday experiences of your American ancestors.


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Extreme Genes Profiles ScanMyPhotos

The nation’s authority on all things for genealogy and archivists interviews ScanMyPhotos’ CEO, Mitch Goldstone

Excerpt: Weather Disasters Bring Digitization Front And Center. The recent “bomb cyclone” that hit the Midwest has again illustrated the need for all of us to digitize our photos!

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Episode 276 – Name and Family Changes With DNA Test Results / Natural Disasters & The Loss Of Family Photos
At minute 37, Scott Fisher interviews Mitch Goldstone, CEO and Co-Founder of ScanMyPhotos.com who visits with Fisher about the recent “bomb cyclone” and other natural disasters which are causing thousands to lose their most precious photos.

From the Extreme Genes website: Scott Fisher: Extreme Genes is a natural for Fisher, a Connecticut native, who has been in radio since his youth, and has spent three decades of spare time as a passionate “roots sleuth.” A long-time morning show host, Fisher is the author of “New York City Methodist Marriages, 1785-1893,” Picton Press, 1994. He has also been published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Journal (April 2004), and Catholic Ancestor, Journal of the Catholic Family History Society of England (June 1996). His ten books on the families of both his and his wife’s ancestors, written over 30 years, fill the better part of a shelf in Fisher’s family room library. Fisher began Extreme Genes in July of 2013 on a single AM/FM station in Salt Lake City. Today the show is heard in dozens of markets across the country and is heard over 500,000 times a month. Fisher is also a national speaker on the subject of family history.

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How One Road Trip Led to a Quest to Build a Family Archive

Ever dream of traveling the country to experience each region’s unique lifestyle and cuisine, take in the grandeur of the national parks, and soak up everything our major cities have to offer?


Well, one of our customers, Seth Johnson, did just that with his wife – and that trip was the reason they got their photos scanned. While most people might get their photos scanned after a major trip, they had their photos scanned beforehand. When he explained why, it made perfect sense:


“My wife and I got married in our mid-30s, and we both had a large number of photos. Two years after we got married, we decided to move out of our house and into an airstream trailer and travel around the country. We didn’t have room to take much with us, but we knew if we had our photos scanned we could take them. So we did! They were sitting on a hard drive, and we’d plug the hard drive into Apple TV and watch our photos.”


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Podcast: The Simple Mistake And The Long Lost Letter

Tales From The Pictures We Saved – The Simple Mistake And The Long Lost Letter

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Welcome to the world of photo scannings Tales From the Pictures We Saved podcast.

We’ve spent the past 29 years helping our customers preserve tens of millions of happy memories, milestones, achievements, and events—all of which have incredible stories behind each and every photo.

And now we’re eager to share these stories with you.

In this episode, we explore the story of ScanMyPhotos customer Melissa Mayberry.

As Melissa went through the photo scanning process, she found that a simple mistake led to a beautiful and touching moment in her life.

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6 Tips To Preserve Old Photos For Future Generations To Enjoy: Expectations vs. Reality

Preserve Old Photos The most popular method for storing old photos is one of the most damaging. That’s right, stuffing a box with photos, negatives, and/or slides and packing it away in the basement is like turning your memories into a ticking time bomb.

 

If you want to keep your photos safe from disaster and away from the ravages of time, then it’s time to properly store them. The following tips will help you preserve old photos so that they will be around for many years to come.

Use care when handling

 

It’s highly recommended to use cotton gloves when handling photos. There are unseen oils and dirt on our hands that could do some serious damage to prints over time. If you can’t use gloves, then delicately handle the photos at the edges when moving them around.

 

You should also keep your preservation project in an area that’s neat and clean, and away from damaging lights, extreme temperatures or humidity, smoke, foods or liquids. Imagine you’re an archivist handling ancient and precious materials—photos require that same kind of delicacy. While you may not see the damage right away, improper handling can wreak havoc on your photos over time.

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