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Preserving Your Genealogy Documents and Photos for Future Generations


Preserving Your Genealogy Documents and Photos for Future Generations

For those who would like to learn what they can do to ensure their genealogy documents and photos are preserved for future generations.

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Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2020

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Best recommendation for repair of old photograph?

Started by Kathleen Fox Allen. Last reply by Kathleen Fox Allen Sep 2, 2009. 6 Replies

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Comment by Robert Ledgerwood on July 16, 2013 at 10:32am

Well i just read the preservation pdf posted above. My confession is that everything i have digitally is jpg....Gigabytes of info as jpg....I guess i start the process of converting to tiff.  As for storage of the media and digital info, I hav multiple backups on different external hard drives. Nothing on the cloud.  Is this ok? lol  Figuring out a simple, effective, and lasting method of digital storage is something i thought i had figured but obviously not!! haha  

Comment by Jennifer Woods Roberton on September 16, 2012 at 2:58pm

My grandmother has some pictures that cannot be removed from their frames. Any suggestions for preserving/scanning them in?This is an example. The photo has been cut and glued onto the frame. To make it more difficult the surface is slightly convex. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Comment by Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) on March 8, 2012 at 1:03pm

Here is a related article on the topic of preserving books that have been damaged from water that was published by the American Library Association (ALA):  ALA Ask-a-Librarian article

Comment by Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) on August 12, 2011 at 7:20am

The State Library of North Carolina needs YOU! 


Hi all! The State Library of NC is undergoing a project to transribe and digitize family Bibles in NC. If you are interested in helping, please see the following blog post for more information:

Comment by Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) on July 24, 2009 at 5:22am
Jo, let me get back to you on that. I'm not sure what is out there for Australia. I imagine Gaylord (which I would normally recommend if you were in the US) would have high shipping all the way to Australia.
Comment by Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) on July 24, 2009 at 5:21am
Stacy, read the article I've written (the groups website, link is under the section named "Information"). Information on original photographs is on page 5-6 and pg. 9-12 is a "glossary" with links to businesses that sell products that will work for you. Page 13-14 is a list of further reading (some online, some offline).

Basically, for companies when you are dealing with photographs, you want to use Gaylord or Light Impressions, those are your best bet. When I worked in archives, these are the 2 companies the archive I worked in used and when I first wrote this article back in 2004, they also gave me help and suggestions on which products to use and companies. (I am a trained archivist, although I work in libraries now).

Stacy, you may want to get a starter kit from Light Impressions. They run at $46.95 last time I checked, but it will give you an idea of what you need. Page 12 talks about starter kits and my suggestions. Take a look through all that and get back at me if you would like more help :)
Comment by Jo Kotylak on July 21, 2009 at 11:15pm
I have 4 handwritten recipe books going back to the 1800's some are literally falling apart, I'm in Australia, which is a climate unto itself. What do I DO? Extreme temperature is the norm here. And family still want to look at the pages, how do I get these pages repaired and preserved down here, do you know?
Comment by Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) on July 16, 2009 at 2:43pm
Check out the groups website for an article I've written about the subject!

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