* How to PRESERVE Family History Treasures

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 […]

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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 […]

You know why you should follow my advice? Because I know what I’m talking about, that’s why. 😉 Ermadene is one of my star pupils. Not only did she pay attention during our teleclasses, she followed through on my advice and moved her irreplaceable family photos away from a known hazard. Best of all, Ermadene […]

Lisa Louise Cooke and I had an interesting chat about how to preserve newspaper clippings. You get to listen in our conversation because we recorded it for Lisa’s Genealogy Gems podcast. Yay! Episode 83 is ready and waiting for you. Below are my notes from that talk. Before we begin our examination of old clippings, […]