If you read my previous post, you know my husband and I had our own little Christmas miracle this year. Dennis was thrilled with his presents. He was genuinely touched and pronounced the albums the best gift he has ever received. I wrapped the albums individually, so it was fun to see his face when he opened the first but even more fun when he opened the second!
Now that Christmas is over, I’ve been busy scanning and uploading the photos to my Shively tree on Ancestry.com. Thanks to the FTU class I’m taking, Organize Your Photos: Preserve Your Family’s Pictorial Legacy, I now know how to create a log file of all the photos. (Great class by the way. I highly recommend it.) And thanks to the Practical Archivist, I knew to scan them at 300 dpi and save them as TIF files. Copies of the TIFs are archived on an external hard drive, and I made JPG copies that live in iPhoto on my Mac. Check it out—I’m actually semi-organized!
Scanning the first album has presented some challenges, though. Many of the photos are glued in so tightly that it’s almost impossible to take them out without tearing the pages. And I would really like to see the backs of some of the photos for possible clues to identity and dates. For example: Above is a photo identified as Daniel Shively. The handwritten note on the album page says that Daniel was Michael Shively’s (1807-1900) brother. But Michael also had a son named Daniel (1838-1865). I’ve hit a brick wall with Michael (more about that in a future post), and I know nothing about his family other than that they came from West Virginia via Ohio. So is this a picture of the brother or the son? What do you think?
Family Tree Firsts is an ongoing blog series featuring newbie genealogist Nancy Shively of Skiatook, OK. Read all her posts at Family Tree University.