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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 5:20 pm    Post subject: photo archive ideas? Reply with quote

It finally occurred to several of my cousins that we are the "old" generation now and we need to pass along the family history. My question is - what is a good way for us to create an archive of photos for everyone to download? I don't mind being the archive keeper. I have a lot of the photos already and have a scanner. But when I tried to do this before by creating a yahoo group no one would join. I want something I can back up for safety but that family members can download and print their own copies from.
Any ideas? I have a lot up at Ancestry.com now but it takes too long to upload there and not everyone has a membership.
Suggestions are appreciated!
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rem to get pics of favorite homes, vehicles, pets, and friends. smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My mother's cousin (I'm not sure what his relationship to me would be) has been gathering family photos for a while. He uses SmugMug ( http://www.smugmug.com/ )
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try making a facebook group and backing the photos up to a disc (or server if you already have one).
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have done a photo archive for one side of our family, and found that with hundreds of photographs, it was important to start by dating all the photographs before they were scanned, so that the images could be titled 1938:001 etc. (When we start the other side of the family, I'm intending to keep track of the pix on an excel spreadsheet that can record the year, month if possible, place, event (like wedding or scout jamboree), and people in the picture.)

We started long before we could count on every member of the family even owning a computer. As soon as all the pictures we had were scanned (if necessary) we mailed a cd or a printed copy, in date order, to all our older generation, and asked for any that others had to be scanned and sent on a cd or physically mailed to us for scanning. Once those pix were added, we made a cd for every member of the family over the age of about 16, and handed them out at a family reunion (or mailed if necessary). That made sure that there were dozens of copies of the collected family pictures up to and including the 1995 reunion. Since then, another family member has taken on the job of collecting a copy of every picture taken at each reunion, putting them on a dvd, and mailing those out.

I suppose the next step is a cloud storage archive. I'll have to think about what relative can be convinced that he or she wants to take this on........

A mediafire account could deal with the whole mass, but it isn't useful for picking and choosing individual pictures. maybe Photobucket?

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same problem. People need to sign up to see stuff on Ancestry, so no one was interested.

In the end I downloaded Picasa, which automatically catalogues all the images on my harddrive. From there I can open up photos quickly, edit them, and upload them en masse to Picasa via my Google account. If you set the folders to public, anyone can see them.

After that I went a step further and made a photobook for my family. It was pricey, but now we have something really accessible that the family can pass down. smile

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My only concern with online storage is privacy. This is such a big project it is scaring me.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mars, you can make your Picasa folders available to only the people who you give the URL to. So it's quite safe. :)
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