I'm pretty sure everyone here has some pictures of their grandparents and maybe even their great-grandparents. They are extremely helpful when doing genealogy research and individually cherished because there are comparatively few of them.
A hundred years from now, will your descendents have pictures of you?
In the era of digital photography, video, Facebook, Youtube and other sharing sites, that sounds rather foolish. Of course there will be pictures. We take hundreds if not thousands of digital photo documents of our lives.
In the old days we had to wait for photos to be developed. If we were organized, we chose the best ones and put them in an album with captions providing identifying information. Those people not so organized threw them in shoe boxes to deal with them “later” and as often happens, later never comes.
Fast forward to the digital age and multiply the task by hundreds. We can instantly delete the blurry photos, but that still leaves a LOT to deal with, especially when traveling with family and friends.
For example: In 2011 DH & I took our daughter and family to Europe for 17 days. There were 7 cameras pointed at all the sites resulting in nearly 7000 total pictures. Some were better than others, but to decide which ones to keep, someone had to look at all of them.
Guess who got that job? The same person who organized all those photos from the old days. Here’s an example of my work. As long as you know the year, you can go to my collection and find the photo you want. These go back over 50 years.
I’ve updated this organization digitally. I maintain my own website and if you go there you can find “Where in the World” I’ve been and any interesting photo-worthy activities at home. Historical photos of my Dad’s time in WWII and any historical family photos of earlier days are there too.
As in the old days you can’t put this off too long or you end up with the digital equivalent of shoe boxes. I know people whose photos are stored on electronic media that can’t even be read anymore. Oops.
I keep backups from my computer on DVD, on flash drives etc, and I do post occasionally to Facebook, but mainly my website is the main record of my life.
I haven’t given up on albums either. For example, those 7000 photos from 2011 were reduced to about 700 online and 400 printed. Then I made the grandchildren an album of 250 of the best photos so they could remember the trip. They found that a very unique gift.
I offer this history as an explanation of my temporary disappearance from SP. I’m working on the website/album of our last trip – the one I blogged about back in June.
I’ve got to get busy since we learned that we were accepted to study Slovak Language and Culture at a University in Bratislava, Slovakia. So next month, DH & I will be “on the road again” and taking more pictures, of course.
Note: I’m not describing “Scrapbooking,” a worthwhile activity for those artistically inclined. My photos are in plain binders in plain plastic sheets – the most inexpensive solution I could find – nothing fancy – just what you might expect from a Math/Computer Science person.