Showing posts with label Ancestry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ancestry. Show all posts

Friday, June 3, 2011


Some photographs raise more questions than answers.

A Photographic Lifetime

When I was younger, my nana would always tell me how important photographs were and even more so the negatives. I could grasp the concept of why the photographs being pictures therefore held a great importance in order to remember past events and people. Negatives made no sense.

I held onto them to make her happy but had not one clue what to do with them. Near the end of my teenage years, I had my first full time job and was starting to preserve my family history. She told me that these negatives can be taken to a local photo shop to be reprinted. I did some research and took my big box o' negatives over to Ritz Photo. They only scanned a handful which ended up being about 1000 photos and made a copy of those pictures on a CD for me. Cost: $600. My entire paycheck was GONE!

I determined there had to be an easier and cheaper way to get this project done. After a little research, I bought a scanner and some archival safe sleeves. I scanned each and everyone of the 35mm negatives I could find.

Why do this?

Simple. Negatives can be reprinted. If the original photograph is lost or damaged, it can easily be replaced. They are priceless.

An additional bonus is that the person who had the photos printed originally might have thrown away embarrassing photos. Can anyone say blackmail?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Accidental Historian

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. - Shirley Abbott
My first family tree was probably a cute colorful one made on construction paper back in elementary school. At the time I didn't think anything of it. Further down the road, I started constructing my "real" family tree. This was done almost entirely out of boredom and the elusive 1980 Capoccia family tree poster that may or may not have still existed up until that point. Everyday, My house was like a treasure hunt! 

The first year of researching my tree was amazing. I found birth certificates, death certificates, obituaries, and such. I added a lot of information. I even found a hessian on my grandmother's side of the family. How exciting!

It has been almost 7 years since I started and there is no turning back now. At the current moment, I am attending school to receive my masters in library science with a focus on archiving. I am also going to document my preparations on becoming a certified genealogist.