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Share via Tweet How to create a better file name than “0083423.TIFF” for your scanned photos…but also better than “aunt_marge_1964_retirement_marge+lisa+kenneth+unknown” Don’t Overlook File Management Just like you shouldn’t scan without a plan for where to store your new digital files, you shouldn’t scan without a plan for naming those files. It might seem like you […]

Share via Tweet ASK THE ARCHIVIST is real questions from regular family archivists just like you. Would you like to see your question here? Email me. Hi Sally, I happened to find your interesting blog by just poking around on the Internet. My question doesn’t fit neatly into one of the broader topics. Within the […]

Since I started my Practical Archivist blog back in 2005, I’ve spent a lot of time encouraging and helping people to ditch their photo clutter.¬† So far, I’ve focused on the shoeboxes and envelopes and drawers filled with photo clutter from the 60s-70s-80s and 90s. Now I’ve made it my goal to get you to […]

Here in the American Midwest, we’re familiar with the problem of seasonal flooding. We love to build our houses near gorgeous bodies of water, but that means a higher risk. Back in May 2008, the Wisconsin Dells lost Lake Delton. As in: It completely emptied out. And when it did, it took trees and handful […]

Erin, It’s safe to store a small stack of photographs together. It gets tricky when they are different sizes, since that can cause bending, plus a corner of a smaller photo can nick the emulsion of the one next to it. But same size prints in an enclosure that keeps them snug is OK, since […]

The year is 1967. Katherine Hepburn plays a successful corporate librarian named Bunny (Bunny!) who runs the research department at a major television network. She’s engaged to a cute guy who I would describe as a Zero. The thing is, Bunny is smart. Really smart. Almost spooky smart. Bunny shares her brilliancy with her Cute/Zero […]

5 easy tips plus an important reminder that you can successfully tackle a large family photo project. I promise.

Tweet 5 tips to help you preserve your one-of-a-kind family photographs 1. You can’t keep it all. Really, you can’t. I get surprised looks when I share this truth with my workshop participants. I realize it’s the opposite of what most people expect an archivist to say. But archivists know better than perhaps anyone else […]

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator. At my request, she’s offered an excerpt from Chapter 6 of her new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records (Family Tree Books, 2012). This content is specifically about your ancestors’ genealogy research records […]