Do you have boxes and boxes of old photographs? Are you unsure what to do with them or concerned whether you have enough space to store them?
Look Through Photos With Your Elderly Relatives, and Ask Questions!
When my grandparents passed away a couple of years ago, my parents received boxes and boxes of old photographs. One of my favorite past-times was looking through these pictures with my grandparents and hearing stories about their families. When my elderly grandparents were losing their memory, I found that it was particularly beneficial to look through these pictures with them, as it would help trigger their memories.
Digitize Old Photos Via Scanning or Taking Photos with Your Phone
Try digitizing these pictures, either via scanning or simply taking a photo of them with your phone. Be sure to check the backs of your old pictures to see whether any information was provided regarding the photo. For instance, my relatives often wrote the date that the picture was taken and sometimes labeled who was in the picture. When there is anything written on the back, I photograph both the front and back side of those pictures.
Reasons to Digitize
Scanning these pictures enables you to share them with your family members. Furthermore, you could easily upload these photos to Ancestry and insert them into your tree. To see how to upload such pictures, see my blog post “Somewhat Quick Genealogy Tip: Uploading Photos from iPhone to Ancestry.com.” So, take out these photos, and have fun scanning and reminiscing!