One of the best things a genealogist can do for family members is to scan old family photographs and present them to others. In fact, the other family members do not even need to own a computer to view the digital images.
A friend of mine recently scanned more than 100 slides plus a few dozen prints that her family members had taken from the 1930s through 1980s. After saving them on her hard drive, she also loaded the images into a digital picture frame and presented it to her 90-year-old mother, who is not computer literate. The digital picture frame has many options. My friend selected the "slide show" option, where each image is displayed for ten seconds (with the time set in a menu), then is replaced by the next image. Her elderly mother can now can sit in her living room and view images of her life at any time, all without any computer expertise at all. You might want to do something similar.
NOTE: If you are not familiar with digital picture frames, you might want to start a Google search on the topic at http://goo.gl/mmRVsq. That will display dozens of articles about digital picture frames and provide links to many merchants that sell them.Of course, scanning hundreds of slides or photographs can be a bit tedious! Just ask my friend. (I wrote about her scanning experiences in a Plus Edition article at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=26243.) If you are interested in converting your personal collections of photos or documents to digital files, you have two options: (1.) you can obtain a scanner and digitize your own pictures and slides or (2.) you can outsource the work to a scanning service to do it for you.
Scanning large collections of old family photos, slides, or 35mm negatives can be a daunting task. Using a scanning service can expedite the process. I noticed an advertisement from MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) stating that the company has partnered with ScanCafe to offer a way to preserve your old photo collection using a safe, cost effective, and professional scanning service. ScanCafe is now offering MyHeritage visitors 25% off of their scanning and preservation services.
Quoting from the ad, "When using ScanCafe, your irreplaceable memories are safe at every step of the way through their integration with UPS. With 85 million photos scanned, ScanCafe is the largest scanning service and has the best record. Every photo is manually handled and color corrected to recover its original colors. Scanning your photos with ScanCafe is easy; you don’t have to sort or organize your photos before sending them. You can organize them electronically in your secure on-line account."
Depending on the number of photos and slides to be scanned, a scanning service might be cheaper than buying your own scanner.
If you would like to learn more about this offer from MyHeritage and from ScanCafe, take a look at http://www.scancafe.com/myheritage.