preservation

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.

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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 […]
30 Apr 2014

Preservation Week 2014 Audiotapes

preservation week 2014 audiotapes sassy jane genealogyToday’s Preservation Week 2014 Audiotapes post is the fourth of five this week.

Today’s post – preservation of audio cassette tapes – was written by Amy Kohlstedt and Sara Doyle, of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium. With proper care, they estimate the audio cassette tapes have a life expectancy of up to 30 years. Use these tips for proper care:

Tip #1—Recording. Always use new, high quality, brand name tapes, 90 minutes or shorter (60 preferred). Longer tapes are less durable. Use cassettes that are screwed together instead of welded. Avoid chromium dioxide tapes; they don’t last as long. Record on one side only to prevent the sound on one layer of tape being imprinted onto the next. Tapes should be labeled using non-solvent-based or water-based felt-tip permanent markers.

Tip #2—Storage. Fast-forward and rewind the tapes before […]

29 Apr 2014

Preservation Week 2014 Textiles

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Preservation Week 2014 Textiles is today’s post. 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, data. and textiles.

Genealogists are family historians and sometimes they’re museum curators too. If you need to preserve family textiles – Grandma’s quilt, Mom’s wedding dress, Great-great-grandma’s needlework sampler – then here are six quick tips for you.

Preservation Week 2014 Textiles

1. Textiles like the same environment you do. No basements, no attics, no garages, no place where the temperature and humidity cycle up and down constantly.

2. […]