Scanning old photos is a labor of love, but these 100-year old wartime snapshots are worth every painstaking minute. When the scanning is finished, it will be time to select photos, fill in the timeline, and create a photo book of my grandfather’s wartime years.
Do you have a family history photo book on your To Do List? Summertime is a great time to tackle this project, and more fun if you’re working with other people doing the same thing. Starting next week, I’ll be hosting a Genealogy Scan Along at The Family Curator website with tutorials and tips to create a family history photo book.
What’s a Scan Along?
Between scanning sessions for my grandparents’ old photo albums. I’ve been working on my annual summer patriotic quilt, and enjoying the online quilting community. If you’re a quilter or sewer you may have noticed the “Quilt Along” virtual sewing bee. It’s an online event where quilters (or sewers) work on the same project, sharing tips, posting photos, and having fun while creating something new.
Scanning is like sewing, I thought, a means to an end. Why don’t we try a virtual scanning bee? I hope it will be motivating and encouraging like the wonderful ScanFest at the AnceStories blog hosted by Miriam Robbins for several years.
You are welcome to join us to simply scan a stack of photos, but the goal of this first Genealogy Scan Along will be to create an family history photo book using an online service such as Shutterfly, Mixbook, or Snapfish.
How Does it Work?
Each week for four weeks, beginning next Wednesday, I’ll post a tutorial and instructions for creating a family history photo book step-by-step using the techniques in my book How to Archive Family Photos.
The Genealogy Scan Along will be informal, with no set meetings. If you’re on vacation, you can catch up when you return.The first week will focus on choosing a subject and theme and selecting photos. Join other family curators in our Genealogy Scan Along Facebook Group to share photos, ask questions, and learn new tips. This will be a great way to interact with other genealogists and stay motivated to finish your project!
Join Me, and Get This Book Done!
Select an ancestor, select a theme, and select the photos that will tell the story for your family history photo book. Join us for the Genealogy Scan Along, Summer Photo Book Edition!