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next round of Family
> classes start Monday, Dec. 6, including a new one from instructor Nancy Hendrickson: Organize
Your Photos: Preserve Your Family’s Pictorial Legacy
In this course, Nancy (who also teaches our popular course Organize
>) will offer advice on sorting through massive amounts of photos, creating a
log to keep track of your images, and devising a system that can grow with your collection.
Here’s what she has to say about determining what photos to keep and what to give
away or trash:
By nature, genealogists are hoarders. The thought of getting
rid of any old photos could very well send shivers down your spine. But the truth
is, most of us have photos that aren’t worth keeping. Your first task is to do a rough
pass through all the photos. You’re not organizing them yet. This time, you’re just
making piles of images you want to…
- keep and organize
- scan and organize
- give away
- or use in a scrapbook
As you sort into piles, you may find yourself torn between keeping something and throwing
it away. For example, one image I have is very poor quality, and couldn’t be improved
upon even with expert photo editing.
Did I keep it? Yes. Why? Because it’s the only photo I have of my grandfather with
all of his children and their spouses. This is why considering the content of a photo
is important when it comes to a culling your collection. Even if a picture is of poor
quality, it may be the only one you have of a certain person or place.
NOTE: I want to stop here and point out that keeping or discarding an image is a matter
of personal preference. Your choice may be to never discard an image, regardless of
quality or subject matter. When it comes to editing photographs, you have to decide
what’s right for you.
If you register with the coupon code FTU111, and
you’ll get 20% off your December classes plus a free 2011 calendar! Learn
more about Organize Your Photos: Preserve Your Family’s Pictorial Legacy and sign