* How to PRESERVE Family History Treasures

    Against the advice of my attorney… That’s a dramatic opener, I realize. Please don’t worry, I’m not in any legal trouble in the criminal sense. It’s just that (sadly) am in the middle of a divorce, and my attorney wants me to refrain from selling my Family Archivist Surival Kits this year. But […]

A few years back, I did a call-in radio show on WORT-FM.  At the very last moment when I was on the air, I got a question that I ended up taking off the air. The question was from someone who had inherited a large box of negatives. She had a really smart question and […]

ACK! I lost my phone last week, but I’m happy to report that I did not lose a single photo. I’m releived and grateful and, frankly, proud of myself. Because I didn’t just think about doing it. I actually pulled copies onto my laptop I’m paying it forward by reminding you to GET YOUR PHOTOS OFF […]

I realized this week that it’s getting close to 40 years since America celebrated its Bicentennial. My small home town (technically a village) went all-in on the celebrations. We painted all the fire hydrants and mail boxes red, white and blue. Put up extra bunting in addition to the regular 4th of July bunting. Here’s a picture […]

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 […]

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 […]

Whether you’ve inherited your favorite grandma’s love letters or it’s your name on the envelope, I have good news for you: It’s easy to preserve them long term. Pinkie-swear promise. Compared to other formats, paper is the least complicated. And love letters are basically just paper and a little ink or graphite. Think about it […]

How I Discovered ioSafe External Hard Drives The first time I ever even heard of such a thing as a waterproof and fireproof external hard drive was in an article called  Beyond organizing: storing and preserving those precious photos and videos by Omar Gallaga of  Digital Savant. Since I was interviewed for the piece, Omar […]