J. Paul Hawthorne, President CGSSD, and Denise Levenick
One of the perks of speaking to genealogy societies is the new information I pick up from attendees. At the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meeting this weekend, the questions and comments were top-notch.
The topic of the presentation was two-fold: Archiving and Digitizing for Family Historians. We covered basic preservation of common heirlooms and then moved on to using digital images as Master Copies in case of damage or loss.
During the Q & A, some members shared their strategies for spreading family history among their own family members, including:
- creating a digital photo album with audio and presenting copies on CD/DVD to relatives
- compiling photos on a CD/DVD to send to relatives every 6 months or so, thereby creating "lots of copies" to "keep stuff safe"
- printing family history photo books and giving copies as a special gift to children and grandchildren
- sending group photos with a key and asking for help identifying people (kind of a Where's Waldo family game)
- and more
It was a great discussion, and gave everyone something new to think about. It's a good day when you learn something new, and as my dad likes to add, "sometimes you even learn two new things!"
A big thank you to the members of CGSSD and President J. Paul Hawthorne for the warm welcome Saturday.