Digitize Your Family History Course


  • You have fragile old photographs you want to preserve
  • You have family keepsakes that you want to protect
  • You want to safely and easily archive your family history documents
  • You’re looking for an affordable alternative to buying expensive archival supplies

From letters to postcards, marriage certificates to deeds, as a family historian you’ve accumulated plenty of genealogical documents in your research. Then there’s family photos: Among the most precious genealogical treasures—yet you probably have old family photos stuffed in shoeboxes or stored in those “magnetic albums” with the sticky pages (who doesn’t?). Of course, you want to save these family tree treasures for future generations. But how do you make them last? Learn to preserve and protect your precious items in this 4-week course.

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$99.99 ($89.99 for VIP)

Suggested Textbook:

How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise May Levenick

Course Length:

4 Weeks


Lisa A. Alzo

Written By:

Denise Levenick

Start Date:

View upcoming course schedule for dates


• How to scan and photograph family keepsakes and research materials
• Scanning basics, like digital image types and image resolution
• Overview of key digitizing equipment
• Organizing and storing documents and photos on your computer
• How to digitize oversize items and 3-D artifacts


  • A general idea of what you want to digitize

Digitize Your Family History
Scan and Photograph Family Keepsakes and Research Materials

Lesson 1: Going Digital
> It’s Not All About Scanning
> Decide to Go Digital
— Working Documents vs. Heirloom Originals
— Analog and Digital
— Image Resolution (DPI)
> Choose the Right Equipment for the Job
> Plan Your Digitization Project
— Set Priorities
— Select Your Digitizing Equipment
> Digitizing Equipment Overview
> Flat-Bed Scanners
— All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanners
— Sheet-Fed Scanners
— Pass-Thru Personal Scanner
— Flip-Pal Mobile Flat-Bed Scanner
— Wand or Stick Scanners
> Do-It-Yourself Exercise
> Quiz

Lesson 2: Get to Know Your Scanner and Software
> Using a Flat-Bed Scanner
> Your Scanning Software
> Third-Party Software Options
> Set Up Your Scanner and Workspace
> Get to Know Your Scanning Software
— Use Professional Mode
— File Save Settings
> Keys to Success: Set up a Scanning Workflow
> Do-It-Yourself Exercise
> Quiz

Lesson 3: Start Scanning Family History Photos and Documents
> Using a Flat-Bed Scanner to Digitize Photos and Documents
— Scanning Photographs with a Flat-Bed Scanner
— Scanning a Photo Step-by-Step
— Scanning Documents with a Flat-Bed Scanner
— Scanning a Document Step-by-Step
— TIP: Using the Elevator Button to View Scanner Options
> Using an All-in-One Printer, Copier Scanner
> Keys to Success: Storing Digital Images
> Do-It-Yourself Exercise
> Quiz

Lesson 4: Beyond Flat-Bed Scanners
> Scanning with a Sheet-Fed Scanner
> Archival File Formats
> Digitizing Oversize Items and 3-D Artifacts
> Digitizing with a Camera
— Features to Look For in a Digital Camera
— Equipment Needed
— Camera or Scanner
— Using a Digital Camera to Digitize a Framed Document
— Using a Copy Stand with Your Camera
> Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
— Scanning with the Flip-Pal Step-by-Step
— Scanning Oversize Items With the Flip-Pal
> Further Resources
> Do-It-Yourself Exercise
> Quiz

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