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A Genealogist In The Archives: June 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

A Simple Guide to Saving Your Family Photos: Book Review

From my bookshelf....

I am an avid reader and my genre of choice is non-fiction, history, biography and of course genealogy books.

From time to time I am going to start posting a book review of a book that I have on my bookshelf.

I hope you enjoy!

A Simple Guide to Saving Your Family Photos aims to help anyone who has photographs stashed in shoe boxes, plastic containers, under their beds or in the back of a closet. Many genealogists have this problem and are always seeking help to organize their photos.

Knowing where to start in photo organization is how this book begins. Bartlett says “I wrote this book in several chapters to set the state for the multiple phases your photo organization project can go through”. The author explains she and Ann Matuszak founded the company Pixologie, Inc. and states “it’s the first photo organization company of its kind in the country”.

There are seven chapters in the book; each deals with a different topic related to photo organization. Bartlett addresses many aspects of photo organization from organizing original photographs to dealing with digital photographs. Bartlett explains that preserving and organizing photos are important for our children, families and to connect the generations.

George Washington Stringfield Family, ca. 1903, Melissa Barker Photographs

This book has appropriately placed photographs of the organizational process in each page where that part of the process is being described. Many of the steps described in the book are in bullet point listings for easy reading and referencing. Bartlett instructions are concise and are very easy to follow.

On page 31, Bartlett provides an example of an age chart to use as a tool to dating photographs and is a great tool when trying a large amount of photographs. Chapter 3 discusses which photos to keep and which ones to toss. I pretty much agree with Bartlett’s suggestions with the exception of tossing photographs of people she says are “not relevant in your life anymore”. As an archivist, I would suggest that no photos of people be tossed but donated to an appropriate archive.

Age chart from Page 31

Bartlett gives the reader great step-by-step instructions on how to organize the many different kinds of photographs. The steps are easy to follow and there are many photos share in the book to help those that need visuals. Chapter 5 deals entirely with scanning photographs. Bartlett does a great job of explaining the process and the equipment needed to achieve this goal. The last chapters shows the reader how to back-up digital photos, save photos and use cloud storage for all digital photographs.

A Simple Guide To Saving Your Family Photos is a great little book and reference guide for anyone embarking on a photograph organization project.

Published 2016 by Pixologie 
ISBN 978-0-9978136-1-6

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

GenFriends with Dr. Penny Walters

Have you ever wondered why we do genealogy research? Why do we have this addiction to researching our ancestors? What ethical concerns do we all have when we find information that may not be something all our family members would want out there?

Well, Dr. Penny Walters discusses that in her two books that were recently discussed with the author on GenFriends, a genealogy discussion group.

Dr. Walters joined the GenFriends panel to discuss her two books:

The Ethical Delimmas in Genealogy

The Psychology of Searching

I was part of this discussion as one of the panelists for GenFriends and found these topics to be quite interesting and something I felt other genealogist would enjoy exploring.

You can watch the full episode of GenFriends at this link:

After you have watched the discussion on YouTube you can then decide if you would like to purchase Dr. Walter's books, they can be purchased at Amazon:

The Ethical Delimmas in Genealogy
The Psychology of Searching

Exploring why we research our ancestors and the ethical dilemmas we face is something many of us think about and Dr. Penny Walters has researched and written about in her two books.


The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like A Pro! Webinar by Melissa Barker

Learn from a professional archivist how to preserve, protect and archive family records, photographs and artifacts.

Here is the link to view the presentation: