If you missed the Webinar I recently presented on Ancestry, you can still listen to me talk about simple, common sense tips to help you save those items you got from Great-aunt Phyllis. The webinar is archived in the Ancestry Learning Center.Â Â Â Â
Back before there were webinars, an Ancestry 24/7 Family History Circle blog, and the Ancestry Weekly Journal, there was the Ancestry Daily News newsletter. In that newsletter, I wrote a series of articles under the title, â€œSaving Your Family Treasures.â€ While the blog no longer uses topical titles, I still occasionally write about ways to preserve all that â€œstuffâ€ youâ€™ve inherited or collected. The response to each one of these columns was overwhelming. It proved that if youâ€™re interested in family history, youâ€™re also involved in trying to save it for the next generation.
Iâ€™veÂ collected selected columns here so that you can read my articles and also see the comments posted by others. Remember if you have a preservation-related question send it to me at email@example.com. You might see your question and its answer mentioned in this very spot.
- A Case of Mistaken Identity
Learn more about the true meaning of the often used and misused term â€œarchivalâ€ and what all those terms on product packaging really mean.Â
- Protected from the Elements: Storing Family Heirlooms at Home
If youâ€™ve often wondered about where to keep all these valuable family treasures then this article is for you. Whatâ€™s good and whatâ€™s not in home storage is full of valuable tips.
- One Step at a Time
Hereâ€™s a step-by-step approach for preserving family heirlooms.Â
- Four Destructive Habits
If you know someone whoâ€™s still laminating photos and news clippings please show them this article. Hopefully it will change their mind about using lamination as a preservation method.
The focus of this piece is my attempt to learn more about an auntâ€™s gift of a small handmade item. You can use these techniques to learn more about almost any type of artifact in your collection.
- Taking Stock of the Past
A readerâ€™s question about how to care for a family Bible ended up so popular I had to write a second follow-up piece to answer additional inquiries and concerns.
- Bless Them: Caring for Family Bibles
- Bless Them, Part 2
Who doesnâ€™t have a newspaper clipping theyâ€™d like to preserve?
- Saving the News
Photographs and Movies
Got a picture in your family collection thatâ€™s slowly disappearing and wondering what you can do about it? Here are a few tips on how to enhance the image using contemporary tools.
- Fading from View
- Home Movies
I have a box full of my familyâ€™s home movies. I bet you do to. Before you drag out the old projector and attempt to run them, read this. Those old home movies are actually very fragile.Â
- Sliding Home
Vintage photos last so much longer than contemporary ones. Hereâ€™s what experts recommend when storing slides.
This was my all-time most popular topic. So many people added comments to the original posting that there was enough material for two more blog pieces on the same topic. Add your questions and letâ€™s see if we can make it to a third article.
- Between the Covers: Family Photo Albums
- Saving the Stories in Family Albums
- Album Redux: Questions and Answers
The inspiration for this column was the wonderful work being done by the StoryCorp (www.storycorps.net) folks who document oral histories and the Recording Rescue feature of VoiceQuilt (www.voicequilt.com).
- Voices from the Past
Wedding Dresses and Memorabilia
Hereâ€™s an article for anyone with a wedding dress theyâ€™d like to preserve. Before you pack up your dress for the kids, read this.
Creating this list of past columns helped me organize my thoughts for future articles. There is still a lot of preservation ground to cover!
Maureen Taylor is The Photo Detective. Her most recent book is Capturing Memories: Your Family Story in Photographs.