If you’re planning on scanning some family photos this weekend, don’t forget to use at least 400 ppi and TIF format. I like to use the Canon CanoScan LiDE210 Scanner, a full-sized flatbed that’s also very light and portable. And here’s someone who put that information to good use:

I attended your seminars at the 2010 California Family History Expo in Pleasanton, CA. You were a dynamic and engaging speaker!

At the start of 2010 I had purchased an Epson photo scanner hoping to use it in my family business (home and office organizing, downsizing, etc). I would have scanned everything in JPG, but I attended your seminar and you described how TIFF was superior.

I carried that piece of information in my head and then in October 2010, my Grandma died and I was able to gather a large collection of her pictures and started scanning. Eleven months later, I scanned over 1,500 photos, negatives, slides, documents as TIFFs, backed them up on 2 separate external hard drives, then did a batch conversion to change the TIFFs to JPGs. Two weeks ago, I created DVDs with the JPGs, and then mailed those off to the interested family members (and even those that weren’t so interested).

In the next months, I’ll continue to work on developing an index for the photos. But, the important thing is the photos have been shared with family, for all to enjoy, and for the photos not to be hoarded in someone’s forgotten closet.