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    In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff.” It is the goal of The Family Curator to inspire, enlighten, and encourage other family curators in their efforts to preserve and share their own family treasures.

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    Sunday
    Mar172013

    Great Group, Great Questions; Thank You CGSS

     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 
    The theme seemed to be: our families might not want to sit and talk about family history, but on the screen or in a book they find it fascinating.

    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.

     

    Wednesday
    Mar132013

    Join Me in San Diego!

     

    Forecast for Saturday 16 March 2013: Sun and Genealogy

    Join the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego this weekend on the campus of the University of California, San Diego where I will be presenting Preserving the Past: Archiving and Digitizing Your Family Keepsakes

    We will be talking about organizing and preserving your heirloom family treasures and using digitization as a safeguard against loss. Bring your questions and join us for the lecture and discussion.

    I will also be signing my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes, and have copies available for sale. (And, feel free to bring your copy to be signed if you've already purchased the book.)

    Directions and meeting information are available here at the CUGSD website. I hope to see you Saturday in San Diego!

    Photo: By Scrippsnews at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons