In 2018 I started the 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks challenge. I didn’t get very far into the year before I let it lapse. I am going to try again this year, but with the caveat that I will give myself the option to change up the prompts to better suit the stories I want to share. Also, instead of regular blog posts, some (maybe even most) of posts will be in the form of a scrapbook page. My hope is that I will be able to accumulate the pages into a heritage photo book at some point in the future.
The week 1 prompt this year is Fresh Start. My plan is for that post to be about my patrilineal line. Not only is the prompt relevant to that line, but my first post (Start) in 2018 was about my earliest documented matrilineal ancestor Anna Maria Shimer Keeley. And I think there is a nice balance if I switch to the patrilineal side this year. Unfortunately, I am not ready with that post at this point. Therefore, my first 52 Ancestor post for 2020 is going to be prompt 2 – Favorite Photo. And the post is actually artsy scrapbook page using supplies from Anna Aspnes Designs. I hope you enjoy this format.
This week’s Tuesday Tip (a blogging prompt suggested by members of Geneabloggers) deals with learning about the pros and cons of various scan settings before you start to scan your old photos. This is actually a topic that I originally researched back in the fall of 2009. At that time I was preparing to scan ancestor photos that my Mom had come across and passed along to me.
I decided to post about the subject now since it has been discussed quite a bit recently on the Legacy Family Tree User’s Group mailing list. It is also a timely topic for me personally as I am in the middle of another round of scanning. This time it is my own collection of pre-digital photos. Most of them are about 5-15 years old. (Okay, maybe some of them are even older, but they haven’t quite made it to vintage yet!)
In any case, scanning a large batch of photos, regardless of their age, most likely isn’t a job that you want to tackle more than once. So you want to make sure you have the settings “right” the first time. Back in 2009, when I was scanning my vintage photos, I started out having a few ideas about what would be good for scanning resolution, file format, etc. But as is typical, I searched the web to make sure I was on the right track and to get a feel for what other people were doing in this regard. As it turns out, the “right” settings are, at least in part, dependent upon the intended use of the scanned image (i.e. printing, posting to web, etc). [For my purposes I decided to use 600 ppi (or dpi) for the majority of photos and snapshot that I scan.]
When I first started round two of scanning I didn’t bother surveying the web again as I still remembered the information I gathered back in 2009. But then one of the posters on the Legacy mailing list mentioned a website called scantips.com. So I went to that site and, sure enough, it was one of the ones that I had checked out before.
It’s a great site, very well-written and very easy to understand. I actually wound up reading quite a few of the articles – some which seemed familiar and others which I think may have been added since I checked it out before. Anyway, if (or when) you decide to start a scanning project, scantips.com is definitely worth a read. The author of the website has a great discussion on photo resolution as well as the advantages and disadvantage of various image formats. So that’s my Tuesday Tip this week — get informed before you start scanning – and a great place to get that information is the scantips website. Hope it helps!!
I have something a little different today. Over on geneabloggers.com one of their blogging prompts is “Wedding Wednesday.” So I was thinking maybe I would play along. Recently I made a digital scrapbook page of my Mom on her wedding day. The photos were taken at my Grandparents’ house shortly before the family left for the church. (The scrapbooking kit that I used is one that I designed.)
Maries Wedding Day
So thanks for looking. Have great day and I’ll be back soon with more posts!
In a recent email the topic of adding photos to Findagrave was mentioned. It got me thinking that one of the things I’ve often meant to do is to create a little “cheat sheet” of the steps involved in processing photos before I upload them to that site. It’s not that it’s that overly complicated, but it’s something that I do only sporadically, and so I always have to review it and re-learn it each time. Thus, posting a little cheat sheet on this blog will give me a quick way to review the steps in the future. Continue reading
One of my recent projects has been to scan vintage photos that I got from my Mom. She has been giving them to me in dribs and drabs for quite a while now, but recently she gave me a whole lot more. Most of these were from when she was growing up, but she also had some of my father’s family, some of my brother, sister and I growing up, and also some older ones from the early 1900s. Continue reading