If you were born between 1900 and 1990 you most likely have priceless possessions gathering dust in your home. Those treasures include family photos, albums, letters, slides, home movies, children’s artwork and report cards and each is a testament to your unique family story.
It is important that you take the time to scan and digitize photos of your family history before those stories are gone.
A recent quote I heard sums this up perfectly: "If you don’t talk to your grandmother and she passes away it is like a library burned down." The best way to ensure you capture those stories for future generations is to sit down with the family photos and ask questions. When was this photo taken, Where, Why, How? You won’t regret taking the time to learn the answers and discover that your family is unique.
Digitize Photos to Preserve Memories
I personally understand the importance of this project because it is something I completed for my own family.
Growing up during the 60s and 70s our family only took slides. For years my brother, sister and I assumed that only a handful of photos had ever been taken of our early years. Then one day I discovered 5 fading, yellow Kodak boxes of slide carousels filled with kodachrome slides.
I contacted the photo scanning service FotoBridge to digitize slides and sent my precious slides to them. Once returned I created a digital photo book and surprised my sister, brother and mother with an album full of photos no one had seen in decades. My mother cried as she saw photos of her mother, my grandmother, who had passed away before I ever knew her.
Easily Organize Photos with APPO
If you are overwhelmed with the idea of gathering those family heirlooms there is an association of professionals who would be happy to help. You can actually hire someone to assist you by going to APPO.org, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. Do not hesitate to embark on this important, meaningful journey into your past. You will never regret it.
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About the Author
Pioneer of the Photo-Life Management Industry, Cathi Nelson is the founder of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, an association that trains individuals who specialize in helping consumers and businesses rescue their irreplaceable film and digital photos, organizing them in a way that makes it simple to share their memories, lives and traditions.
Since its inception, APPO has grown to include hundreds of members throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.
Cathi is also a mom of two teens and an avid amateur photographer and storyteller. She has a deep passion for helping people tell their family stories through their photographs.