* How to SHARE Your Photographs (and the stories behind them)

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 […]

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 […]

Genealogists and family historians have swapped ancestor photos for as long as photography has been around. These days, it’s easier than ever to scan and share photos. But what can you do if your cousin sends you scans that look terrible? Becca has that problem, and she turned to The Practical Archivist for help. Hi […]

Honestly, people — if this sort of delightful coincidence* keeps happening I’ll have no choice but to start thinking of the Internet as some kind of magic happy wish machine. Remember my post about how to tell the difference between a daguerreotype and an ambrotype? I mused about how much I’d love to have a […]

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 $100 in your family history budget, you could purchase a brand new portable scanner and bring it with you. […]

Ben, my youngest, turned four last month. One of his birthday presents was the book you see above. (Thanks, cousin Jacob!) I am not exaggerating when I say that Flotsam blew me away. This jaw-droppingly beautiful book doesn’t have a single word of narrative text. Yet it spins an unforgettable tale of undersea cities with […]

When I was in library school in the mid 1990s, the Internet was just taking off. There was some content online, but very few graphics and zero advertisements. I spent a lot of time gawking at Young Ones scripts using the Mosaic browser. It seemed miraculous at the time, even though nothing looked as fancy […]

So the other day I googled one of my favorite phrases: beautiful anachronism. That led me to a blog called eclexys. And, no…I don’t know what eclexys means. And, yes…I looked it up. [Update: Here is the author’s explanation.] Anyhoo… More specifically, I landed on a post about how great it would be to find […]