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Part IX: Donating Items From Your Family Archive By Rachel Smith While you were organizing your family archive, you may have come across some items which you and your family are no longer interested in keeping. You might be thinking of donating them to a museum, historic society, or archive. In most cases, you cannot […]

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Part VIII: Issues of Conservation By Rachel Smith At this point, you have organized and stored your family archive in containers in a safe environment and you may have also digitized your collection. While you worked on these projects, you most likely found heirlooms, documents, and photographs that are in poor condition. They have tears […]

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Part VII: Backing Up and Archiving Digital Files By Rachel Smith You have spent weeks or months digitizing your family’s photograph or document collections. You have meticulously labeled each file and placed them in a perfect organization system on your computer — only for disaster to strike. Your computer crashes and erases all of your […]

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Part VI: Digitization and Importing By Rachel Smith In last week’s blog, we discussed the benefits of digitizing your family archive and the different kinds of technology you can use to do it. If you purchased a scanner, you want to ensure that you have downloaded its software to your computer prior to scanning. If […]

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Part V: Introduction to Digitization By Rachel Smith Preserving your family’s collection does not just end with finding a good storage location and suitable containers. There is another step you can take to ensure that future generations can enjoy and study your archive: digitization. Making digital scans of your collection, especially your most delicate items, […]