Family Digital Archiving Underway

    This post is dedicated to the past generations who saved their memories for us, so that we could pass those memories on to our children.

All original copies are preserved exactly in the condition that they are in.  The photographs can be retouched as needed.  Some of the photographs are blurry and weathered but their meaning is important.  I thought that they should be preserved, with time allowing, along with the better images.  Written documents can be cleaned up and printed onto good paper if a replacement of the original is ever needed.

All information is compiled into PDF format and will need to be viewed in Adobe Reader.  Use the full screen command, located under view, in the top toolbar.  The arrow keys can be used to scroll through the pages.

A challenging experience is sure to come, but one in which I hope to gain a great deal of information.  The projects that I am working on will teach me more about the purely practical methods of converting photographs and paper documents into an easily accessed format, that will preserve the information in a high resolution digital copy that can be opened and used 100 years from now.  This information will be in a combined booklet format, with each booklet being of one content, and containing chapters of sub categorical information.

A good use of this blog, to start out with anyway, would be to use it as a forum to discuss all the different individual computer projects, that will be going on as I take about a steamer trunk’s worth of documents and photographs and digitally archive them.  I have only intermediate experience in many of the projects that will be taking place, so I will approach things from that perspective.  This will be a process of teaching myself, which makes it a great time to learn along the way with others.  We can share ideas and discuss methods.  I will post different projects periodically on this blog, and also make available for down load, sections of booklets.  I will post links or a site map to their location.  The information discussed will cover everything from; scanning, Photoshop retouching, optimizing and presenting in Acrobat, to Flash video and Dreamweaver work.  These are applications that all interested computer users will need to use at certain points in their projects.  I sounds like a fun category to discuss here on this WordPress blog.  WordPress by the way is very interesting in its basic approach to letting some one set up a blogging site with PHP and MySQL.  I have just installed it here for the first time on November 20, 2011.  I will be glad to discuss this procedure, and also what I am learning about WordPress anytime, just comment away…………

I have placed some pictures and a small slide show of some of the old photographs that I have come across in the first box of documents.  View the Photos Below.

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One thought on “Family Digital Archiving Underway

  1. The ranch house is still being used. But only the servents side. Still has the old wood burning stove in the kitchen. I would like to see more history about the ranch.

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