Preserving Your Family Photo Albums

Activity - Go Through Your Old Family Albums and Label the Photographs

I love to look through my great grandmother's old photo albums and try to envision what life must have been like back in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Unfortunately, there are a fair number of photographs that do not have any labels to identify who they are. My father had sat down with my grandmother in the 1980s and they went through the albums to identify the photos, but unfortunately still had to leave a fair number of them "nameless".

How sad to think of those "nameless faces" as being an ancestor, but we now won't know who they are!

Before it's too late, spend some time with your elderly relatives (aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc) and try to get the names of those old photos before it's too late. Those photos tell a story about your ancestors. Don't let those stories be lost.

There are some additional ways to get help with extended family members. 1) Scan them as good quality photos, 2) Get a free "cloud" account like Microsoft OneDrive (5gb free storage) or Google Drive (15 gb free storage) and upload the photos, 3) SHARE those photos of unnamed ancestors with your extended family and ask for help in identifying them. It's amazing how many families out there also have similar photos as yours, but may have names. Voila'…you're in luck.

If you have any questions on how to do this, we can help you at the library to get this done.