One-Week Workshop: Digitize Your Genealogy Documents, Photos and Heirlooms

digitize_workshopGenealogists are well-known paper-lovers. We tend to hang on to each photocopy, printout, and note “just in case” we need to refer to it again. But, many of us don’t like managing all that paper. We’d much rather be following ancestral clues than filing old paperwork. Digital Copies can ease much of that paper burden.
Learn to protect and preserve fragile family photos, keepsakes, and safely and easily archive your family history documents in this week-long workshop. The event includes four pre-recorded video classes with presentations and demos, excerpts from our popular Digitize Your Family History course, plus daily message-board discussions and a special Q&A with digitization expert Denise May Levenick. Denise is the author of How To Archive Your Family Keepsakes, and will be on hand to provide consultation and answer your questions.Like all FTU courses, you make your own schedule, so you can log in and participate anytime that’s convenient to you! Spread out the materials day-by-day or cram them all in over a long weekend—you’ll be able to immediately apply what you’ve learned to your online research.


  • One 60-minute ondemand webinar, three 30-minute video classes, two written lessons and a book excerpt on digitizing for one low price.
  • Build basic plans to organize and implement your digitizing project by the end of the workshop. Archive the research and family history you’ve always wanted to!
  • Get advice from expert Denise May Levenick on digitizing your family history, and share your progress with fellow participants.
  • Unlimited viewing: Your all-access pass gets you into all videos and lessons throughout the week —you can even download the videos to watch again later or view ones you missed!
  • Make your own schedule: Because the classes are pre-recorded, you don’t have to show up at a specific time to catch the ones you want—or choose between sessions you’re interested in.
  • Message board discussions: Ask questions and share ideas to apply the research strategies you learn.
  • Convenience: Log in anywhere you can connect to the internet, at whatever times work for you.




November 15-22

The Digitize Your Genealogy workshop features three written lessons, four videos and a book chapter that explains how to build your book step by step. With those instructions and coaching from expert Denise May Levenick, author of Archive Your Family History, you’ll have the tools to start digitizing your precious documents, photos and heirlooms. Denise will be on hand throughout the week to answer your questions via the message boards. You’ll also share ideas and get feedback from your fellow attendees. This workshop is an ideal opportunity to get the guidance you need.

Workshop Program

Excerpt from Digitize Your Family History, Lesson 1: Going Digital
In this lesson, we’ll discuss the benefits of digitizing your family history information, explore options in digitizing equipment, and learn how to name and organize digital files so you can easily find them again.

Excerpt from Digitize Your Family History, Lesson 4: Beyond Flat-Bed Scanners
In this lesson we will explore how to digitize your family history keepsakes and research with automatic scanners, cameras and mobile devices, as well as take a special look at working with oversize documents and three-dimensional artifacts.

Excerpt from How to Archive Family Keepsakes, Ch. 10: Organize Your Family Archive Catalog
Learn how to establish an indexing system to organize paper and computer files cluttering your home offices, while still keeping them easily retrievable.

Digitize Your Family History OnDemand Webinar
Whether your concern is a tear, crack, fade or puncture, digitizing your dearest heirlooms is the perfect way to preserve them for posterity. Learn tips for developing digital copies of photos and documents, and forgo the usual fretting with tricks for scanning fragile and over-sized items.

Scanning Secrets Video Course
Got oodles of photos and documents you want to preserve digitally? In this class, discover tips and tricks for scanning your family ephemera, from choosing the right resolution to cropping and more.

Amateur Photo Restoration Video Course
Learn how to fix and rescue your worn, torn or moldy photos. No previous photo editing experience is needed. Be prepared to be amazed at what you can accomplish with free online tools and a few easy photo editing tricks.

Digital Preservation for the 21st Century Video Course
Discover how to keep your digital collection safe from data rot, obsolescence and other dangers.

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