Flesh and Bones

Posted by Mary Gorman on October 26, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, Sept-Oct 2008.  A picture brings life to life, maybe more so in family history than anywhere else. What a relative looked like, his or her attitude, quirks, interests—looking at a photo changes someone from a name to flesh and bones. But what if you have no photo? You 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

Desperately Seeking a Place

Posted by Maureen Taylor on August 19, 2016 in In The Community

These pictures depict a timeless moment. Six people went on a sight seeing trip on a hazy summer day in the mid-1940s. One brought along a camera and they posed for candid photos. The photographer went home, had the pictures developed and placed them in an album. I bet your family did something like this Read More

Second Cousins Are Magic

Posted by Dan Bodenheimer on July 22, 2016 in In The Community

“How in the world did you find those great old photos?” “I wish my family had photos like that.” “I’m so jealous, all our family photos were lost in the flood.” We all hear comments like this from time to time, and there really isn’t a good answer to them besides that well-practiced air of Read More

Joe Biden’s Kilowatt Smile

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 25, 2016 in Entertainment

The Vice President was kind enough to share some of his family photos with us and one thing is clear, not much has changed over the years with regards to his ability to light up a room with his infectious smile. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did. Keep on smiling Joe! Related 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

8 Steps for Protecting Water-Damaged Photos

Posted by Maggie Mora on April 1, 2016 in Website

As April approaches and the rainy season begins, we’re sharing some tips on how to salvage water-damaged photos. At Storyhouse, we always encourage our clients to digitize all of their family memories and important documents before catastrophe strikes, but we know this isn’t always possible during sudden and unexpected bouts of inclement weather. Here is 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