Scanning Photos to Share on Military History and Records Site

Posted by ed oboyle on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 @ 07:36 AM
fold3 logo for scanning photos to shareFor many family historians, perhaps the only thrill that surpasses finding long lost family photos, is finding photos that depict our ancestor's role in history itself. For today's baby-boomers, those images are often of uncles, aunts, cousins, parents and grandparents that were part of the the so-called "greatest generation". Sometimes called the GI Generation, Tom Brokaw popularized the term "greatest generation" in his reports chronicling the stories of Americans that grew up during the Great Depression and fought to victory in World War II.

fold3 image for digitizing photos to shareToday, with help from online sites like fold3, there is a way to preserve and share those old military images being rediscovered with each passing day. Digitizing photos enables those rare, one-of-a-kind family heirloom military photographs to be shared, and more importantly, digitally preserved forever. So whether you scan photos yourself or choose a photo scanning service to get the work done, find a community site and start sharing your family's role in history. For military history, that site is fold3.

Originally launched in 2007 as Footnote.com, fold3 began with a huge online records and image database of over 5 million original image from fold3 scan photos for sharingdocuments. It quickly gained popularity among genealogists and historians as the got-to place for military documents - quickly and easily accessible online. In 2011, Footnote was re-branded as "fold3" (which comes from our military's flag folding ceremony) by Ancestry.com, which acquired it's parent company in 2010.

fold3 has done an especially good job of turning government records dating back to the Revolutionary War and historical photos into easily accessible content. When this content is combined and linked online with crowd-sourced images from personal collections, powerful stories of everyday soldiers and forgotten heroes and their families can be preserved and shared in a compelling form of digital storytelling.

NOTE: Images source fold3 via site

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