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While I was away on various summer vacations, I missed a major brouhaha in the online genealogical community. There have been many, many pixels spilled on this topic already, so I’ll try to be brief. For those of you who don’t know, Ancestry.com is part of the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world. (Source: […]

There are two types of cased images you might find in your family collection: ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. The quick and easy way to tell the difference between the two is that a daguerreotype will look like a mirror when you move it in the light. An ambrotype will not. I was thinking about this today […]

I don’t know about you, but need a break from all the headaches of digital preservation. Lots of questions and speculation, very few concrete answers. I’ll return to this topic in a while (I promise) but until then, let’s take a break and have a bit of fun, eh? The video above is a delightful […]

Sometimes, you put a question out to the universe and something marvelous comes back. Just last week, I featured DIY Maven‘s neat-o method for antiquing paper using instant coffee. I mused about how cool it would be to dye photographs using coffee. Ersatz sepia. (Read the original post here.) Then I got an email from […]

Reader Andrew Millard left a helpful tip in the comments section about a web site for dating British photographs: http://www.cartes.freeuk.com/time/date.htm Andrew says: “It has a wide range of dated photographs that you can compare to your own undated ones.“ Thanks, Andrew!.

.Last month, Randy over at Genea-Musings found this wonderful photographic treasure in his Aunt Geraldine’s papers. He asked for input from readers to help date this pair of cased photographs. Randy’s post contains some great resources to help you date old photographs, so be sure to stop by. It’s nice to have resources pooled together […]

Should we keep the computer generated file names or come up with our own? There are advantages to the machine generated name: They easily sort in order of creation There are no repeated file names You don’t have to think about it, it’s already done. ^-^ Remember, the file name itself is not the only […]

Got about 3 minutes to spare? Check out this crazy cool video from seb martel. It’s chock full of beautiful anachronisms. There’s even a steel guitar (be still my heart). P.S. Can anyone out there translate the French for me?

As promised, here are some tips to keep your original photographs and documents safe while you scan them: Absolutely no food or drinks on the work surface. If you need to have water handy, please please please keep it on the floor at your feet. One spill and your irreplaceable treasures can be ruined forever. […]

Are you heading out to visit family in the next few weeks? Maybe you have a big reunion scheduled this summer. Here’s something to consider: Portable Scanners Are Very Affordable. If you have a laptop and $80 in your family history budget, you could purchase a brand new portable scanner and bring it with you. […]