Denise May Levenick

Denise May Levenick writes about preserving family photos, documents, and memorabilia at the award-winning blog, The Family Curator (http://thefamilycurator.com/). She is author of "How to Archive Family Keepsakes" and "How to Archive Family Photos" (Family Tree Books), and a contributor to the Ancestry Blog, FamilyTree Magazine, and other genealogy publications. Find more practical ideas for organizing, digitizing, and sharing your photos in "How to Archive Family Photos" (http://thefamilycurator.com/books/).

How to Save Grandma’s Love Letters

Posted by Denise May Levenick on March 1, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

“Dearest Anne,” the letter began. “Hi honey! I’ll start this one off with ‘I miss you more than I could ever imagine.’” A small bundle of handwritten letters exchanged between a homesick young soldier and his sweetheart are a family treasure to be cherished. Letters give a personal glimpse into the everyday lives of our Read More

5 Easy Ways to Fix Bad Family Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on November 13, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

We all have bad family photos. Headless uncles. Crooked skylines. Clashing colors and prints. Not to mention awkward poses and facial expressions. Using film didn’t make our ancestors great photographers, although the cost of film and developing probably made them more selective of the shots they took. Whether you’re digitizing a treasured family photo collection Read More

4 Easy Ways to Label Family Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on April 28, 2016 in Website

Most family historians are challenged by “Unknown Ancestors,” those unidentified yet familiar faces peering out of old cabinet cards and snapshots. They look like they belong in the family, but who are they? When you discover a name, date, or location for the photo, do you know the safest and best strategy for recording the Read More

Do One Simple Thing To Save Your Favorite Heirloom

Posted by Denise May Levenick on March 16, 2016 in Website

Whatever the age, condition, or value of your favorite family heirlooms, without a record of its past, your grand-dad’s pocket watch is just another family trinket. It’s a sad truth genealogists see far too often when it comes to family photos, documents, and memorabilia — without some documented history, our precious keepsakes are just “stuff.” Read More

3 Simple Strategies to Back Up Your Smartphone Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on December 22, 2015 in Website

You’re not alone if the photos of last year’s holiday dinner are still on your smartphone or buried in a cloud backup service. But unlike forgotten leftovers, those pictures can still be saved. Professional photographers track thousands of images with a dedicated workflow that includes routine file import. Genealogists face similar challenges with downloaded and Read More

Make Your Family History Survive the Test of Time

Posted by Denise May Levenick on October 21, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator If genealogists share one common research goal, it’s to insure that the ancestral relationships and stories they’ve learned are passed on to future generations. And with each passing birthday, dedicated researchers may become more worried about the future of their genealogical legacy. Not Read More

It’s Not Too Late for Holiday Family History Projects

Posted by Denise May Levenick on September 28, 2015 in Research

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator The holidays are not far away and it’s time to start planning family history gifts for relatives and friends. Online photo services make it easy to create custom family tree charts, ancestor sketches, history books, and gifts from digital images. But what if you Read More

How Bad Photos Can Make Good Genealogy

Posted by Denise May Levenick on August 25, 2015 in Website

by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator Sometimes you don’t have a choice when it comes to finding your ancestor in old photographs. You are happy to take anything, even if it’s a tiny face in a crowd of college grads or a stern-faced soldier in the back row of long panorama. Group photos present Read More