The Personal Archive

The Personal ArchiveWe all have our own personal archive of family photos, documents, recipes and other ephemera. These articles discuss how to digitize, organize and maintain our digital copies of all these things.

  • RSS The Personal Archive

    • Flickr for Families July 27, 2015
      Today’s families are spread across the country – and even around the world. Social networking platforms such as Facebook have given us ways to stay in touch across those distances, but they have serious security and privacy issues. Posting vacation photographs on Facebook is also a public announcement that your home is empty – and…
    • The Personal Archive: Scribd April 28, 2014
      Scribd offers the family historian and societies an affordable place to build their digital document archives along with a library of original publications. In addition you are protecting your documents from disaster by storing them off-site.
    • The Personal Archive: Flickr March 24, 2014
      When it comes to building a photo archive, nothing beats Flickr. Flickr has set the bar by collaborating with a growing number of public archives to make their photographic collections more accessible. The Commons at Flickr hosts collections from The Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museum, George Eastman House, the British National Maritime Museum, the National…
    • The Personal Archive: Indexing March 19, 2014
      Wherever you store your historical documents, photos, videos and such, spend some time providing information about each item to not only document the standard “who, what, where and when”, but to also make it easier for others to find your treasures. This is called indexing and is quite simply the virtual version of the old…
    • The Personal Archive – a Valuable Asset April 20, 2013
      As Denise Levenick has so beautifully illustrated in her book, How to Archive Family Keepsakes, a good part of our family “stuff” is an historical record of our lives and those of our ancestors. Those of us who have taken on the challenge of preserving our family archives have worked hard to protect our treasures…
    • Managing Your Document Archive November 14, 2012
      Having a good scanner is just one element in digitizing your personal archives. A good document management system is a necessity too. And there are some great apps to do just that.
    • Planning for Disaster November 5, 2012
      Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, epidemics, fires and terrorists can turn our lives upside-down in a matter of minutes. What's your plan for coping with disaster?
    • The Information Desk July 8, 2010
      As you build your online personal archive, you’ll have elements located all over the ‘net – documents at Scribd, photos at Flickr, reading list at WorldCat and so on. How do you pull it all together? Why, with your own information desk, of course. Every archive has one and it’s usually where you’ll find the…
    • Keeping Up With Technology May 8, 2010
      One of the many advantages of an online platform for maintaining your personal archive is changes in technology. It is in the online service’s best interests to insure their catalog is updated as new technology is implemented. As a result, your content is updated for you. From the Scribd Blog: Today, Scribd is changing the…