My mom passed away at the young age of 52. Oh how I wish I had sat down with her and asked her lots of questions about her life growing up, about her family members, about her earliest memories, about lots of things. But I didn't. Don't wait to ask those questions of the ones you love. I have started quizzing my dad and I have found out some of the most amazing things. You will too!
|Me as a baby, with my mom and dad.|
It is so important to make sure any information you find is well sourced and that you constantly back up what you have found. Sourcing is important so you know where to go back, to find that information, if you need it again. And you would certainly hate to lose all the info you have found because you didn't have it backed up. I use Backblaze as my cloud backup but I also have a zip drive with the same information on it. I try to backup my info a couple times a week but at least once, for sure.
I have been scanning pictures and saving them in several places too. All those pictures that were taken back in the early 60's are becoming more and more faded. I don't want to lose those precious memories. Some of them I have been able to enhance in my photo program, that came with the computer. But they will never be as good as they were back then. Below is an example of what I am talking about -
|This is the photo that has been |
enhanced. The original is below.
Do you have a bunch of old family VHS tapes laying around? There are lots of companies now that will take them and put them on a DVD. I have one from the 60's of my family that really brings back precious memories. I want to get it on a zip drive or saved in another format so I don't lose it. There are some programs out there that will do that too. I am still trying to decide which one is better but I will do it, so it will be preserved for the future.
|See how faded this on|
not be able to see it.
All these things will help you preserve your family history and although they might not appreciate it now, I have no doubt, that in the future, your children, and theirs, will love that you took the extra time to keep their memories alive.
Today's Terri's Tidbit: If you have old family VHS tapes, audio tapes, etc and you would like them put onto a DVD or other medium, contact TMC Place.com. They have been preserving people's memories for over 30 years.