One of my sons was visiting a few weeks ago. He asked to look through the family photo albums from when he was young. I gulped and explained that I took all the photos out of the 20 or more albums that were kicking around gathering dust and damaging the photographs with that horrible stick-down clear plastic film.
Out of storage came several tubs (neatly labelled) of photos and he started going through them. I felt discouraged watching him! They were not in any particular order, most were not identified and I realized what a jumbled mess I had on my hands.
As a genealogist it's important for me that I document our family history and preserve photos and other family treasures. I've scanned most of my older photos (pre 1950) but have been sadly negligent with the recent ones!
But as I watched him, his face alight with memories and the happiness of looking at all these wonderful family pictures, I realized I have to stop procrastinating and do the job. But it's overwhelming. How does one start? I don't think I can face scanning the hundreds if not thousands of photos I have.
Then I realized that when a task seems overwhelming it's best to break it down into smaller chunks - smaller jobs.
So I have a plan. Right now that's all it is - a plan, and a tentative one at that!
My plan is to follow these steps:
1. Sort the photos by event or year (in other words put all of Christmas 1980 together and/or put all of 1980 together)
2. Identify the individuals
3. Pull out duplicates and set aside for now.
4. Pull out the photos I can't live without and set them aside.
That's where I'm stuck.
Do I take the photos I can give up and put them in albums for my children? That would be easiest but then there are no copies.
Do I take the best photos and scan them, then print them off and put the copies into albums for my children and grandchildren? I could store the originals in labelled envelopes or storage boxes or albums.
I'm leaning towards choosing the best photos and scanning them, then either printing them or putting them on CDs for my children and grandchildren.
If anyone has suggestions, I would love to hear them! Maybe you have a great solution for this mountain of work facing me!