The National Library of Ireland is Archiving the Irish Internet


Fascinating… I had not spent much time thinking about the archiving of all these internet postings we do. The following excerpt is from a good article posted July 22, 2016 at The Irish Times.

With about 10 million objects from nearly 1,000 years of Irish history, archiving the internet isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind about the National Library of Ireland.

Nestled in the centre of Kildare Street since 1890, the Library’s treasured materials constitute the most comprehensive collection of Irish documentary material on the planet. But what of its future? If, say, our distant descendants wanted to research what life was like for us all way back in 2016 – say February’s general election, or even last year’s Marriage Equality referendum, with all their social media feeds in-tow – internet archives will likely be their default option.

“How we are collecting in the National Library is obviously changing, but it’s the same principles,” says Maria Ryan, a web archivist in the Digital Collections Department. “What newspapers were 20 years ago, websites are now. So we’ve recognised that need to collect and preserve that information for the people of Ireland, but in an ever-evolving form.”

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Judges Say Google Not Violating Copyright Laws by Publishing Snippets


The following excerpt is from an article posted October 16, 2015 at the Yahoo website.

Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing millions of books so it can provide small portions of them to the public, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decade-long dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their work. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a judge who concluded that the snippets Google showed customers from its database was a transformative use of the information and thus did not violate copyright laws.

Read the full article.

Ancestry Announces Renewal of Their Digitization Partnership Agreement With NARA

I just got the following from Matthew Deighton at Ancestry. This is goods news. Ancestry & NARA had problems with their digitization projects a while back when it was found that an employee had destroyed records. That looks to have been resolved… Whew…

We are pleased to announce the renewal of our digitization partnership agreement with the National Archives and Record Administration. Ancestry began digitizing images from NARA in 2000. Since our partner digitization agreement in 2008, Ancestry has invested millions of dollars in scanning original paper documents. It has been a great privilege to work alongside NARA staff and help preserve America’s history one document at a time.

According to a recent audit report by NARA, external partners are responsible for 97% of all document digitization occurring at the National Archives. Ancestry has been and continues to be the largest digitization partner since the partnership program began. How much work has Ancestry done with NARA? To date we have published 1,371 collections now available online. That’s over 170 million images and more than 1 billion records searchable from home. Most importantly these digital records are now preserved indefinitely for future generations.

Ancestry scanning teams have digitized collections in nine different National Archives and Records Administration facilities across the country including Washington D.C., New York City, and St. Louis, Missouri. The digitization services Ancestry provides are at no cost to the federal government. With investments in scanning and indexing reaching more than 1 billion records, we have saved taxpayers more than $100 million dollars at commercial digitization rates.

This agreement marks the renewing of a great partnership and we are proud to continue our relationship with the United States National Archives and Record Administration.

Matthew Deighton
Public Relations Manager

100,000 Original Mali Photographs to be Digitized

The following teaser is from an article posted April 21, 2015 at the Michigan State University website.


Hoping to preserve cultural heritage and change Western thought on Africa, a Michigan State University researcher will use a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize 100,000 original black-and-white negatives of Mali’s most important photographers, dating from the 1940s.

Candace Keller, assistant professor of African art history and visual culture, is collaborating with MSU’s MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences and the Maison Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, to create the Archive of Malian Photography.

Once complete, the publicly accessible, free database will provide valuable documentation of the modernization of Western Africa, featuring family portraits and photos of military activities, diplomatic visits, political events, national monuments, architecture, cultural and religious ceremonies and other aspects of popular culture, she said.

Read the full article.

Online Digital Genealogy Data is a Fragile Thing

A thought-provoking article by Jon Christian has been posted at the Slate website. The article is titled Deleting the Family Tree – When shuttered its social network for relatives, it erased 10 years’ worth of my family’s correspondence and memories. The title alone is enough to jar a genealogist into considering the value and fragility of their digital data.

In this case, Mr. Christian’s family had been using as a convenient place to keep “family memories safe and secure. No matter what.” When shut down the service in 2014, folks were warned to download their data from the site. However, it seems that correspondence kept on the site didn’t download. Pictures weren’t a problem. They downloaded just fine. One of Christian’s aunts did the download, and then never checked to see if she got everything… Whoops… Click on the above link to read the unpleasant details.

At this point let me say that I’m a big fan of Let me also say that they were at one time head-on-head competitors with Heritage Quest. I had what I thought would be a life-long job with Heritage Quest, lots of stock options and all that stuff… But Ancestry had investors willing to finance the posting of the U.S. Census records, and the parent company of Heritage Quest did not. They also bought Rootsweb, with whom Heritage Quest had their posting contracts – canceling the contracts, and leaving Heritage Quest with few options. So… won the race. I and a lot of other Heritage Quest employees were out of work. Ancestry grew into the powerhouse they are today. It’s a long story… I could have been bitter about it, but that’s not like me. I got over it, and today appreciate the access to records, as well as the technology at Ancestry. Business decisions are made, for better and for worse. It’s too bad that there have to be winners… and losers…

The closure of is just another example of how fragile our digital memories have become. We now have the ability to take and store thousands of photos. We scan and upload thousands of documents. We go merrily along thinking that all this “family memories safe and secure – No matter what” claims are going to be upheld – no matter what. We store our memories on the cloud somewhere, blissfully unaware that data is so very, very fragile. But ah, we have back-ups – or we should have… I’m sorry folks, but back-ups are fragile things too. Who’s to say that the technology of the 22nd century will be able to read your backed-up files? What will the cloud be in 2115?

I have digitized thousands of documents. I even lecture on the subject of digitizing our documents. I still recommend it. But keep in mind that I can only say that I’ve “lost” a paper document or two in my 40 years of research – while I’ve lost hundreds, if not thousands through corrupted backups, no backups, or no time to label those thousands of pictures properly… I’ve had issues with online backups as well as backups on hard drives and floppy disks. In the long run, my paper has been safer than my digital stuff.

If you’re trusting your memories to an online website, every now and then, I recommend downloading a copy of the data – including any documents attached so easily to your Ancestry tree. What if your good fortune should run out and you can’t renew your Ancestry subscription? I’m a great fan of all this digital stuff, but I also realize that there’s risk involved – just as there is with the possibility that the house will burn and your paper files will go up in flames. Then you’ll be happy that you have the digital files setting on that cloud – some company’s server – somewhere.

Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques & Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians- with FREE PDF- 20% Off

From scanner or camera, digital images, namely photographs, have become a part of everyday life. Even older photographs, on paper or film, are commonly converted to digital format. Documents, letters, notes, books, and just about anything else on paper can be scanned and preserved in digital format. This include vital records. Opinions vary widely on what equipment you need, and what formats to save in, and what software to use, but in the end it comes down to just a little bit of knowledge and some basic skills. Anyone can learn these skills. Years of practice, along with plenty of mistakes, can make an expert out of just about anyone. Geoffrey Rasmussen, from Legacy Family Tree, has experienced his own woes over the years. More importantly, he has learned many useful lessons to successful digital imaging. These lessons are shared in his voice and straightforward way through his book Digital Imaging Essentials: Technique and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians.

Geoff helps answer age old questions, like which scanner to buy? He reviews the ever nagging questions of picture resolution and file format. He also covers basic skills like importing images from scanner or camera, editing those images, and, of course, organizing, sharing, and backing up. Listing from the back, here is what “You Will Learn:

  • The do-it-right-the-first-time techniques of scanning old documents, and snapping pictures with your digital camera.
  • How to finally get organized so that you can locate any digital image in under a minute.
  • Which file formats and file saving techniques to use to properly preserve your digital images.
  • How to use Adobe’s Photoshop Elements and Google’s Picasa with illustrated, step-by-step instructions and learn about other software choices.
  • How to privately or publicly share your images and videos via printing, emailing, Dropbox, CDs, DVDs, or online via cloud technology.
  • How to access your digital media from any Internet-connected device including your smart phone or tablet.
  • How to develop a backup strategy to protect your collections from digital disaster.”

While Geoff tackles some of the oldest questions in digital imaging, he does so using the latest software and techniques. From hardware to software and from the local hard drive to the Internet, Geoff discusses what is available today. What makes this book so great is the clear and precise way Geoff handles each topic. His opinions are well thought out and come from his vast experience. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. This book is truly designed to make learning easy. As Geoff says, “So if you are ready to take your digital pictures to the next level, go ahead, open the book, and have fun!”





Chapter 1: A Digital Image is…

Chapter 2: Before You Digitize

  • What will you do with the digital images?
  • Resolution
  • File Formats

Chapter 3: Scanners, Cameras, Wi-Fi, Mi-Fi, and Eye-Fi

  • Which Scanners?
  • All-in-one
  • Flat-bed
  • Flip-Pal mobile scanner
  • Wand scanners
  • What to look for in a digital camera
  • Resolution
  • Zoom
  • JPG vs TIF
  • Wireless
  • Image Stabilization
  • Tripod vs. a steady hand

Chapter 4: Photo Software

  • Photoshop Elements
  • Picasa
  • Other popular photo software

Chapter 5: How to Import from your Scanner or Camera

  • 4 Steps to digitizing a photograph or document using a Flat-bed scanner
  • Creating a unique file name
  • 3 Steps to digitizing a photograph or document using the Flip-Pal mobile scanner
  • 2 Steps to Transferring a Photograph from your Digital Camera to Your Computer

Chapter 6: Before Editing the Picture

Chapter 7: Auto-Editing Techniques

  • Photoshop Elements techniques
  • Picasa techniques

Chapter 8: Editing: Advanced Tips and Techniques

  • Clone
  • Fixing little scratches and blemishes
  • Replace the background
  • How to “colorize” a black/white photo
  • Stitching
  • How to selectively adjust dark areas of a picture

Chapter 9: Getting Organized

  • My Personal Photographs and Scanned Images
  • My Digital Genealogy Documents
  • Another Golden Rule
  • Photo Organizing Software
  • Keyword tags, and facial recognition
  • Compatibility of tags

Chapter 10: Sharing

  • Printing and mailing
  • Emailing
  • Email feature of your photo editing software
  • You can still send a large attachment
  • How to add a citation to a digital image
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Adobe Premiere Elements
  • The Cloud
  • 4 Steps to Sharing via a the Cloud
  • Picasa Web Albums – anywhere

Chapter 11: Backup Strategies

  • External hard drive or another internal hard drive
  • Cloud services
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Photo Books




All soft-bound copies of Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians ordered from Family Roots Publishing currently come with a FREE immediately available download of a full-color pdf version of the book. On Sale for just $15.96 through Monday, April 20, 2015. Reg. price: $19.95

This book is also available in an electronic pdf format ($14.95 with no postage fees).

Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane of Petersburg, VA Records to be Digitized

Central State Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane

April 8, 2015 – AUSTIN, Texas — Three faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information have received a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop and field test a digital infrastructure for preserving and managing the historical public records from the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane in Petersburg, Virginia.

King Davis, Patricia Galloway and Unmil Karadkar will use the $763,000 to develop methods and tools for critical policy analysis, digital technology and archival preservation methods to increase access to historical mental health records and documents while still protecting privacy.

The project is expected to begin this month and end in 2018.

“Families and scholars have requested access to these records for many years to enable them to conduct genealogical and academic research. However, most states limit access to such records based in part on historical precedents and concerns about stigma and privacy,” said Davis, a former commissioner of mental health for the Commonwealth of Virginia and current professor of research in the School of Information and professor emeritus in African and African Diaspora Studies.

The asylum was established in 1868 and was the first of its kind in the United States. It has maintained over 800,000 public records that detail the origins of the hospital and the racially segregated services provided for almost 100 years.

Galloway will work with postdoctoral students and families of the institution’s patients to ensure that the new digital library is easy to access.

“Providing possible solutions to both mental health providers and archival custodians of these records can both help guarantee their preservation and enable their lawful release for research by scholars and families,” Galloway said. “However, opening access to families and scholars must still abide by the prevailing state and federal laws on privacy.”

Read the full press release.

The Lightening Talks of the BYU Family History Technology Workshop #Genealogy

The Lightening Talks just finished here at the BYU Family History Technology Workshop. Presenters had about two minutes to tell us what they were working on in the tech field. Wow! What a fascinating session. Following are the sessions given, with my notes. It’s not a perfect listing, in that I could not always get presenters names. But it’s a list of new and upcoming apps (broadly put) I’m sure I will refer back to a lot.

Ancestorcloud – Wesley Eames
Put a request for out there and collaborate with others. Coming later in the year.

Historylines – Jeff Haddon
A site to take an existing tree, and figure out what an ancestor’s life was like, using historical events. Plots lifespans of the family on the map and describes peoples lifestyles, Editable.

Request research to be done, anywhere in the world. Onsite people can bid on a micro-task doing research.

Per Trees – Charles Glancy
Improve edits on Family Tree. Declare persons and relationships in a Watch List. You are made a reviewer for all changes

Generasi – Jed Wood
Time” is typically missing in family tree views. A timeline is added to the view on the side of the page, which covers several generations.

Soal – Sounds of a Lifetime – Nathan Brakke
Photos don’t tell the whole story. No voice lasts forever. Record the sounds. This can be shared via twitter, facebook, etc.

Poppy Prose – Ian Davis Ian was next to me at the table.
A story-centered approach to family history. A team of writers help users to write their story.

Family Feats – Aaron Shelley
Feat focuses – like immigration, military service, pioneers, etc. These items are added to Family Tree.

GenMarketplace – Matthew Faulconer
Identifies research opportunities – jobs are posted with changeable – rather silent auction style prices.

Historic Journals – Doug Kennard
Has an archive where people can share. Also has Mormon databases.

Family History Technology Lab – Dan Rodriewicz
Automatically finds ancestors and relatives

Relative Finder – connect instantly, share resources – coming soon.

Scanstone – Glen Chidester
Seeks to automate extracting the data from headstones. Starts with the smartphone. Take a picture, process, recognize the text with a live look-up Teh program then transcribes the data and looks to see if it’s in Find-A-Grave.

One Page Genealogy – Jessie Young
Print your entire family tree on one page. User customizable – can be downloaded as a pdf for printing.

Robert Ball – Where Am I From?
Charts where the family is from generation by generation – page by page – you can see what percentage of a nationality you are quickly. Shows historically correct historical boundaries.

Joel Thornton with FamilySearch
A New Relationship viewer for FamilyTree
also – Viewing Closest Relatives in the MyRelatives View in FamilySearch and Family Tree.

Timeline Enhanced Portrait Charts
Joohan Lee – from Korea
Traditional Fan Chart has text only.
Shows different pictures by generation, using a slider. Associates pictures with names. Easily used on an Android.
Using data from the FamilySearch website. Ios and Windows versions.

Virtual Pedigree – Curtis Widdington
A program the collapses and expands the pedigree as one looks at it.

Grandma’s Pie
Uses FamilySearch Family Tree. It makes an interactive pie showing where the family is from.

Auto-zoning newspaper articles for OCR systems – Alan Cannaday, FamilySearch
Remove clutter
Post-clutter removal
Remove noise
Word Zoning is then done, then article zoneing, making corrected zones so the OCR can be done better.

Record Linkage Confidence Through Top Match Score Analysis – Peter Ivie, University of Notre Dame
The program scores data-matches automatically.

3-D Graph Cut:Extending Min-Cut Segmentation to Handle Overlap of Cursive Handwriting in Tabular Documents – Brian Davis
Dual assignment segmentation. Be able to separate overlapping letters.

Donation to Conserve & Digitize Documents From the 1911 New York Capital Fire


In the very early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire got started in the 3rd floor Assembly Library of the New York Capital Building. The fire quickly spread throughout the third floor, then on to the fourth floor and both towers. Many thousands of manuscripts and books went up in flames. However, there were documents that were saved – although they may have been charred on the edges. Now AT&T has donated $20,000 to conserve and digitize the valuable documents. The following is from the February 5, 2015 edition of the website.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Water stained papers, careful calligraphy, it’s obvious these documents are not from modern time, nor are they even from the 20th century.

“They relate to the colonial history of the state of New York,” said Laurence Hauptman, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History.

“In 1911, the Great Capitol fire occurred, which really put a damper on history for so many years,” said Hauptman. That day, thousands of books and manuscripts burned in the State Library, fueling the fire. “There’s charring from the fire which you can see in this document,” said Dawn Mankowski, paper conservator, pointing to one document.

By way of good fortune, some documents survived…

AT&T has donated $20,000 to conserve and digitize the documents, which would eventually make them accessible to the public.

Read the full article for video and more details of what these documents include!

Connecticut State Library Digitizing WWI History

The following excerpt is from an article by David Drury, posted at

The now century-old conflict known to its contemporaries as the Great War left an indelible imprint on Connecticut.

For those who lived through it, on the battlefield or the home front, it was a life-defining event, and the Connecticut State Library wants to assure that family-held memories and mementos will be preserved and available to historians, students, genealogists or the simply curious.

Beginning later this month, state library officials will hold a series of community events at which local residents are urged to bring in family letters, photographs, diaries, recorded stories and other objects from the World War I period.

Those materials will be processed and digitally scanned on site by volunteers….

In conjunction with the project, a new website,, launched this fall that provides a platform for sharing historical material from local libraries and institutions about Connecticut wartime experience at home and abroad…

Upcoming sessions of the Connecticut State Library’s digitalization project will be held at the Middletown Library Service Center, Oct. 22, 6 to 9 p.m.; Willimantic Library Service Center, Oct. 25, 1 to 4 p.m.; the Connecticut State Library, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Read the full article.

Free Online Seven-Step Guide to Preserving Digital & Print Genealogy Records

The following news release is from PRNewswire. I found it interesting and the free 7-step guide useful. Keep in mind that this is from printing company, so they have a vested interest in printed paper records. But they have some good points, that it certainly couldn’t hurt to follow.

Seven-Step Guide to Preserving Irreplaceable Digital and Print Genealogy Records Released by Ancestry Graphics & Printing


WINFIELD, Ill., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Ancestry Graphics & Printing announced the release of a new seven-step guide addressing how the challenges facing today’s family historian and genealogist are different than at any time in the past. Their new guide discusses how over the long term, digital records are more fragile and subject to loss than any other form of record-keeping and communication that has been used in the past. The four main threats to digital longevity are discussed along with seven simple solutions for preserving important genealogy records.

The guide discusses whether the genealogy research and the story you want to tell your future descendants about their ancestors will survive to be told. Company founder Larry Spiegel said “digital files may become useless for future generations if they remain untouched for as little as one generation, or about 25 years, and that is a drop in the bucket when compared to the 100 years or longer that most genealogists envision their research lasting”.

Experts in digital preservation are in agreement that today’s digital records probably won’t survive and be readable for as long as they were originally intended. This means the genealogy data we have all worked on tirelessly may become no different than dust in the wind. Most people are totally unaware of the four main reasons why the data stored on their PC or other storage devices won’t survive for long periods of time and what they can do to deal with this problem.

Larry Spiegel said that for genealogists who are storing their research digitally, physical decay of the media, technological obsolescence of the storage medium, technological obsolescence of the file format, and physical loss of the media are all discussed in detail in their new guide for genealogists. Moreover, important and irreplaceable paper documents are also discussed because a definitive plan for their retention, preservation, and inheritance is equally necessary.

Spiegel went on to say that when it comes to the longevity of our digital data, we don’t realize how much of a weak link our digital files really are when it comes to long-term preservation. While various forms of digital storage are great for us to use in our daily lives, none of them are viable or reliable as the sole long-term method for storing and passing on our genealogy information to someone who will treasure it 25, 50, or 100 years in the future.

The free seven-step guide to preserving genealogy records can be found at:

Ancestry Graphics & Printing has been in business since 2003 providing family tree chart printing services to genealogy customers nationwide and around the world.

Check Out the Crowley Company Scanning Equipment


The Crowley Company specializes in high-performance scanning, duplicating and processing equipment & software to suit most preservation and records management needs.

One of the first firms in the capture industry, The Crowley Company (dba Crowley Micrographics) has embraced – and often shaped – changes in scanning and digitizing technology. Complemented by a full array of cutting-edge software, technical support and supplies, Crowley’s hardware division is well-respected as a one-stop, multi-vendor solution for a wide variety of advanced image conversion requirements.

Understanding that digital and analog scanning equipment represents a significant investment of an organization’s resources, The Crowley Company works with each client to ensure that the equipment desired fits the intended and projected use. Crowley’s goal is to provide digital and analog solutions which offer the highest return on investment for technology, operator ease and efficiency and overall production. Whenever possible, models are selected for their ability to be upgraded in the field, allowing clients to react quickly to industry innovations without having to start from scratch.

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Organizing and Sharing Digital Images

legweb7Geoff Rasmussen is the host and regular presenter at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Topics he has covered shows his wide and experienced knowledge base in genealogical research as well as Internet and digital tools valuable to genealogists.

One popular webinar given by Geoff was Organizing And Sharing Digital Images. The title alone provides a decent explanation of what this webinar covers. Part of finding and making the most of digital images comes from technique and part for using the right tools. Geoff covers using Google’s Picasa and Adobe’s Photoshop Elements to help sort, tag, and quickly locate images. Viewers will also learn how to securely locate, share, and access photos in the “cloud.” In addition, Geoff gives his expert advice on organizing digital genealogy documents (e.g. wills, censuses, etc.) and how to add them to Legacy Family Tree.

Web seminars, or “Webinars,” have quickly become one of the most popular ways for professionals and companies to share information with large groups of individuals from across the country, or even around the world, without the high cost of travel. Webinars are just like seminars. A large group of “attendees” can come and watch a presentation at a given time. Webinars are nice, since they are usually recorded and can be watched again at a later time. The only real downside to webinars is the video stream can be slow for some people. Depending in large part on the viewer’s own personal Internet connection speed, video may or may not play well. The age of a person’s computer may also contribute to slow playback. To counter these playback problems, some individuals and companies offer the option to buy their webinars on CD. CD’s offer the opportunity to play these webinars on almost any computer at anytime, without the worry of connection issues.

Rasmussen’s class was originally presented as a live webinar, run 1 hour 44 minutes, and includes a link to download a 5-page handout.

Get your own copy of Organizing And Sharing Digital Images from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.


About Geoff Rasmussen:

Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City (2011). He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello and basketball. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

He is the author of the recently-released, Digital Imaging Essentials book.

Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving – A Free eBook from the LOC

The Library of Congress has announced the publication of a new FREE e-book entitled “Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving.” It is a published compilation of selected blog posts published in the LOC online blog, The Signal. All of the posts incorporated into the new publication were written by NDIIPP staff as well as guest bloggers from inside and outside the Library of Congress. According to their website, “This resource can serve as a primer for the digital archive novice, as well as a refresher for those with more experience.”

I just downloaded the pdf publication and read just enough to make me downright excited about the information found in it. As a long-time advocate of digitizing our genealogy documents and photographs, the book is giving me ideas and information I hadn’t considered before. Following is a listing of the Table of Contents from the free download pdf eBook.


Personal Digital Archiving Guidance
Four Easy Tips for Preserving Your Digital Photographs 6
Mission Possible: An Easy Way to Add Descriptions to Digital Photos 8
Photo Sharing Sites as Digital Preservation Tools 12
Digital Preservation-Friendly File Formats for Scanned Images 14
Archiving Cell Phone Text Messages 16
What Image Resolution Should I Use? 18
Personal Archiving in the Cloud 21
Family History and Digital Preservation 23
The Big Digital Sleep 26
When I Go Away: Getting Your Digital Affairs in Order 29

Personal Reflections on Personal Digital Archiving
Confessions of an Imperfect Personal Digital Archivist 32
One Family’s Personal Digital Archives Project 34
My Weekend Project 37
Personal Archiving – Year End Boot Camp 39
“It’s Dead, Jim”: Resurrecting an Obsolete File 42
The Results of One Scholar’s Survey: What Are Your Plans for Your Personal Digital Archives? 46
Have Obsolete Digital Media, Will Travel 49
Forestalling Personal Digital Doom 51
Remember When We had Photographs? 53
When Data Loss is Personal 55

Personal Digital Archiving Outreach
Hey Libraries and Archives: Personal Digital Archiving Kit Now Available 58
Pass it On: Library of Congress Events for Preservation Week 2012 59
Librarians Helping Their Communities with Personal Digital Archiving 61
Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs: Library of Congress Presents Online Session 64
ALCTS, PLA and Library of Congress Collaborate on Personal Digital Archiving Campaign 65
We Talked and Talked About Personal Digital Archiving 67
Save Our African American Treasures: Houston and Dallas 68
Personal Digital Archiving: An Interview with Jordan Fields of the Kansas City Public Library 71
What Do Teenagers Know About Digital Preservation? Actually, More Than You Think… 73
From Chaos to Order: Diverse Communities Interested in Personal Digital Archiving Resources 75
The Challenge of Teaching Personal Archiving 76

Download the pdf eBook.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

The Photo Restoration KwikGuide™ – A Step‐by‐Step Guide for Repairing Photographs with Photoshop Elements®

February 6, 2013, Carlsbad, CA.™, the leader in delivering historical photograph information to genealogists and collectors, has released their latest book titled Photo Restoration KwikGuide™, A Step‐by‐Step Guide for Repairing Photographs with Photoshop Elements®. Written for the experienced and novice users of Elements, this book guides the reader through the steps used to restore damaged or deteriorated photographs.

The 96 page, full color KwikGuide is written in an easy to follow, step‐by‐step format that walks the reader through the most common repair techniques. Using Elements® software, many of the techniques go beyond simply applying filters and tools. Some repairs are multiple process steps developed by that solve some of the most demanding restoration challenges.

Gary Clark, author and founder of described the book’s approach as unique, noting, “We understood that many people are not prepared nor desire to learn every aspect of Elements from a lengthy and expensive book. We focused on one topic: restoration, and then presented it in a concise, straightforward manner”. The KwikGuide process looks at photo problems first and then describes the right tools to fix them.

The steps described in the KwikGuide are useful for repairing recent pictures as well as historical photos. In addition, the basics of image editing such as scanning and file formats; selection and layers; straightening and cropping; and navigating through Elements are covered in detail. This KwikGuide shows the reader how to:
1. Fix scratched, marked, and torn images
2. Recreate missing pieces
3. Fix faded photographs
4. Lighten dark photographs
5. Correct color changes
6. Repair facial and other damage

With over 200 color photographs and screen images, each section reveals the tools, actions, and results of photo restoration. In addition, KwikGuide web pages on the website ( allow the reader to download the same high resolution images and practice the restoration techniques.

Photo Restoration KwikGuide is available for $17.95 from Family Roots Publishing ( All orders for this book taken between February 8 and February 11, will be shipped by February 12th at the latest.

About the Author
Gary Clark is a professional photographer, restorer, and genealogist who has merged these skills with his passion for collecting photographs. His 30 years of experience in digital imaging brings a unique and thorough understanding of photograph problems and how to solve them. Clark introduced to genealogists and collectors in 2000, and he continually expands the free information with a gallery of over 1,000 images, weekly case studies, and historical information about 19th century photographs.