Restoring with Historian
By Rhonda Gardinier
What happens when the only photos you have seem "beyond repair"?
Tips & Tricks
How To: Create a Dream Board
By Alaina Duffy
We all need direction, and that doesn’t appear out of thin air. Without goals, we’re directionless. The first step in knowing where you are is to imagine where you want to go. Dream boards are an exciting, tangible way to bring your goals to life.
Three Generations Jumping Rope
By Wendy Gordon
I’m 55. My mom is 83 and my dad and grandparents have all passed away. Our home movies were stored in an old trunk in my parent’s basement for at least 40 years.
Finding Family Stories in Census Records
By Taneya Y. Koonce
The 1950 United States Federal Census records were made available at 12:01am ET Friday, April 1st on the website of the National Records and Archives Administration, and since then, many people have scoured the pages in search of their families.
Gifting Done Right
By Michaela Elliott
I’ve always been the baby of the family. Not that my sisters and I weren’t close - we were (and are)! But my age gap, to both of them, is more significant than theirs to each other, and when you feel like the youngest, sometimes it’s harder to give back. Not anymore.
Tips & Tricks
Is Your Password Secure Enough?
By Tom Kovacs
Do you know how important your role is in protecting your memories?
Tips & Tricks
The Positive Side of Negatives
By Eric Napier
Of all the questions I receive about digitization, there is one that echoes frequently throughout the community: are negatives better than photo prints?
The Feelings in Photo Books
By Donna Pullan
As a professional Photo Organizer, I frequently organize and create custom photo books for my clients – it’s become second nature. But every now & then, there’s a project that reminds me just how important photos, ephemera, and photo books are to visual storytelling and memory keeping.
Where Do the Stories Go?
By Donna Mangan
Over the years I have enjoyed putting my printed photos in albums. However, when it came to the old black and white family heritage photos, I was stumped. I certainly did not want to scrapbook them as I did with my own photo’s; the stories behind my ancestor’s photo’s I felt were not mine to tell. I was hesitant about what to do.
Treasures Among Paper
By Barbara Mitchell
I started digging through the local newspaper where I grew up. I thought I could find my parents’ engagement announcement and maybe some other related articles to add to the photobook. Boy was I surprised!
A Day in Dad's Bombardier Seat
By Diane Ogle
Daddy was a bombardier in WWII. Before the paperwork caught up with him, sadly, his entire class of new Bombardiers was killed at Pearl Harbor. I would not be here today had he flown off with his buddies.
My Memories are Personal
By Steve Howard
Today, I got emotional. As a 73 year old guy, I’m not used to fighting back tears. I was not successful.
A Recipe for Remembering
By Valerie Yanku
Mom had a recipe box. You know, the metal kind that holds 4x6 index cards. But then, something terrible happened.
Morgan's Marine Letters
By Karen Bowser
Our son, Morgan, enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was 19. While he was away serving, he wrote letters home to us (his parents) and to his grandparents, and we saved them all. Before she died, my mother gave me the letters he wrote to them.
A Moose, a Whiskey, and a Mouse Pad
By Wendy Gordon
In addition to being a necessary work item, mouse pads are a great, inexpensive gift or stocking stuffer for the holidays!
Cracking the Code
By Christine Woodcock
I have been researching family history for 20+ years. Ever since I began, the big question in the genealogy world has been, "How do we engage the younger generation?"
Once In A Lifetime
By Shirley Dejarnette Wyatt
One day while at work, a coworker found a box of pictures in the parking lot. He put the box in an area where most lost items are placed, just in case someone stops by after realizing that they had misplaced something. After about a day or so, another coworker and I decided to look in the box - inside was an assortment of pictures and letters.
The Newspaper Rock
By Clare Kalantar
We’ve all taken vacations. This year, mine was a 16-day road trip, from California to South Dakota and back. We traveled 5,680 miles, spent time in 9 different states, visited 6 National Parks, and saw 6 National Monuments.
Celebrating A Life Well Lived
By Marianna Curran
I spoke to my dad almost every day. We chatted about my kids, the state of the world, movies to watch, books to read, things to get done, just about everything. He advised me and I advised him. He meant the world to me. But I lost him on March 12, 2021.