family photographs

7 Dec 2014

Restoring Digital Family Photos

I’d rather have a root canal – and let’s be specific about no anesthetic – than fiddle with PhotoShop. So when I think about restoring digital family photos, I think of professionals like Landailyn CPR (Conservation, Preservation, Restoration). Proprietor and family photo wizard Janine Smith promises to “breathe life into your old photos.” And I’m here to say that she’s absolutely right, because she has been successfully restoring digital family photos for me.

The image you see above is of my grandmother, her parents, and her younger siblings. The original photographic print of this family group came to me in several pieces and I sent scans of them to Janine Smith the same way. That she was able to knit them together and compensate for the many deficiencies, restoring digital family photos, is a complete joy.

Landailyn is running a holiday special for Sassy Jane readers through December 31: $50 for […]

14 Oct 2014

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween Photos

The Library of Congress wants your family Halloween photos from 2014. Are you photographing hayrides, haunted houses, parades, or trick-or-treating this year with adorable children and grandchildren? The Library of Congress wants you! (And I hope someday the American Folklife Center (AFC) will want vintage family photographs of Halloween like the one above.)

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween PhotosThe AFC at the Library of Congress invites Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November – Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos – to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.

Between 22 October and 5 November, the American Folklife Center invites people to document in photographs how holiday celebrations are experienced by friends, family, and community, and post photos […]

1 May 2014

MayDay Genealogy Data

MayDay 2014 Genealogy Data Sassy Jane GenealogyToday’s post is MayDay Genealogy Data, to mark MayDay 2014, an annual national preservation day sponsored by professionals from archives, libraries, museums, historic preservation, and historical societies. On this date each year, these professions review their emergency preparedness plans, and help individuals with emergency preparedness for personal data and papers.

So let’s take a leaf from the Society of American Archivists and take time during MayDay 2014 to think about preserving our family history data.

At home, too often our emergency planning takes second place to more pressing demands. (I’m going to assume that everyone has already ensured their personal safety so that we can focus on data. But if you need to improve your personal safety measures, visit 72hours.org.)

A starting place for your data and papers:

  1. Are you backing up your data locally?
  2. If you are, could you grab that hard […]
27 Apr 2014

Preservation Week 2014 Family Photographs

Preservation Week 2014 – Family Photographs sassy jane genealogyToday’s topic is Preservation Week 2014 Family Photographs. This year Preservation Week  is from April 27-May 3. A joint effort by the archives, library, and museum professions, Preservation Week is designed to share professional expertise on preservation of historical materials with individuals and organizations. As part of this celebration, this retired archivist and Sassy Jane are featuring five posts this week on preserving your family history papers, photographs, and data. The blog posts will be by record type, so let’s get to today’s post. Check your local library to see if they have events planned.

Preservation Week 2014 Family Photographs

Sassy Jane recommends:

1. Move family records and photographs out of the garage, attic, or basement. Damp, mold, and temperature extremes are bad for photographs. Remember – they like the same temperature and humidity that you do.
2. Check the backs of old framed family photographs. Acidic wood and paper backing in old frames can damage your photographs.
3. Handle photographs at the edges with clean, dry hands. If you intend to work with your family papers for more than a few minutes, wear gloves.
4. Store photographs and create family photo albums using archival quality supplies, including using photo corners. Never use self-adhesive photo albums, glue, or tape.
5. Move framed family photographs and records out of direct sunlight. Check to make sure (and recheck as the seasons change) that your family photographs aren’t getting daily doses of UV radiation from sunlight that, over time, will fade them permanently.
6. Advice about organizing and storing your family photographs is available in Cataloging Digital Family Photographs and Records, a Sassy Jane Genealogy Guide. […]