I'm approaching the scanfest challenge as a process, to be accomplished little by little during the year:
- Gather albums from multiple sources. [Plenty are on hand, more to be gathered.]
- Rough sort photos by family, year, and/or theme (vacation, Christmas, etc). [Started.]
- Discard damaged and irrelevant photos and negatives. [One bag tossed today--photos with rips or stains were scanned and will be digitally repaired.]
- Separate good dupes to send to family members. [Going into the mail Monday.]
- Extract photos carefully from those awful magnetic albums, preserving labels. [In process]
- Scan a hundred or more at a time. (I love my Flip-Pal, set at high resolution, for speed and convenience.) Where appropriate, include handwritten label of place/date next to first photo scanned in a series. [One day scanned total: 181 good images!]
- Keep scanned snapshots in order in a temporary storage box, ready to be checked and then stored in a safe way. [in process]
- Arrange digital images into digital folders (again, by family/year/season/theme, etc.) and make digital dupes on flash drives for family members.
- Create a few special photobooks with descriptive captions to send to family members.*
- Have fun during the process, reminiscing and double-checking identifications and dates/places with family.
Doing this little by little makes the scanfest and genealogical organization a lot less overwhelming. I highly recommend scanning with a family member, not just for the conversations but also for the extra hands ready to work with photos. Having my Sis partner with me doubles the fun--the time really flies by!
Have you been scanning your baby photos and other photos from "modern" family history, to preserve them and have digital versions backing up the physical images?
Thanks to Amy Johnson Crow for this second in the 2019 series of #52Ancestors prompts, "challenge."
Special thanks to WikiTree for the Scan-a-Thon challenge, January 11-14, in coordination with GeneabloggersTribe.
Yes, I'm a bit early, but I'm also spreading my scanfest out over many weeks to share the fun with family!
*For privacy reasons, I will only upload selected photos of ancestors (not living people) to my online family trees.