Sunday ScanFest — Why It’s Important

Today, I took part in my first ScanFest, a monthly online event hosted by Miriam Midkiff of AnceStories. A bunch of us chatted as we scanned in family photos or other items to be preserved electronically for the future. It was a lot of fun — very helpful to have the distraction of friends to chat with while performing what can otherwise be a monotonous task.

Events like this are extremely important. I know how vital it is for me to make copies of my family photographs, but I always put it off. Today, I was able to scan all of the photos and some other documents that I had previously put into a scrapbook about my dad. Some of the items date back to the 1800s. There are others in my family who have copies of some of these photos, but not necessarily all.

In a way, it was even more important for me to scan more recent photos (from the 1970s and 1980s) because these are the only copies I’m aware of — the negatives have long since been lost or forgotten.

Beyond just scanning my images and documents onto my computer, I took the extra step of saving them in a vault I’ve created in Memory Manager 3.0 software by Creative Memories. This program helps you organize your photos, journal your photos digitally and then print them online or at home. The software works with Creative Memories Storybook Creator, where you can create digital scrapbooks to share online or prepare professional-quality printed copies through the CM Photo Center. It also provides a means to store video and audio files. Memory Manager even has photo editing capabilities like re-sizing, red-eye reduction, color correction, etc.

The vaults can be backed up by saving them to CD or external hard drive. The software helps you to create shadow copies for extra security.

If you are scanning your photos, that is a good first step, but please make sure you are making back-up copies, no matter what your system. If you are not yet using a back-up system, please consider Creative Memories’ Memory Manager software. It provide so much more functionality than just a folder on your hard drive.

If you have any questions about Memory Manager, etc., please feel free to contact me!

Treasure-Chest Thursday

Some of my most treasured possessions are the hand-written recipes my mom and grandma left behind. I miss them both terribly, but can bring back wonderful memories of them by cooking their recipes. I recently started scanning many of these recipes into Creative Memories Memory Manager software, to make sure I’ll always have a copy. This has allowed me to start a digital cookbook in CM’s Storybook Creator software as well. I’ll be able to share this cookbook both online and in print form with friends and family when I’m done. If you’re interested in seeing my cookbook or learning how to create your own, please contact me!

Flank Steak Marinade

Taking the Plunge

Welcome to my new blog, which will cover topics related to genealogical and historical research, archives and scrapbooking, all of which are aspects of my new business — Bayside Research Services, LLC. I’m excited to join the community of genealogy bloggers and hope that my additional focus on preserving materials through scrapbooks will be of interest to others.

If you aren’t already familiar with me, you can find out more here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/melissacorley

I am owner and personal archivist at Bayside Research Services, LLC, where I offer assistance with genealogical and historical research for individuals and organizations. Here is the homepage for Bayside Research Services: http://www.baysideresearchservices.com/

I am also a Creative Memories consultant, which allows me to offer photo-safe scrapbook materials and services to those who may be interested. Here is my Creative Memories site: http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/missycorley

I welcome your comments and suggestions as I get this blog and my business off the ground!