Scanning Photos

A lot of people who are interested in their family history also enjoy sharing old family photographs.  The easiest way to share photos is by scanning them and either uploading them to the internet or burning them to a CD/DVD.  It is also great to have a digital copy of any important documents you find as well.

First you need to select a scanner.  There are plenty to choose from, but be sure to consider your needs.  My family had a lot of slides, so I looked for a scanner that included the ability to scan the slides.  I also preferred a standalone scanner since I already had a printer.  It doesn’t hurt to look around online and check out reviews by customers before you purchase.

After you have your scanner, it is important to consider how the pictures are going to be used.  This determines the file format of the picture.  If a picture is going to be uploaded to the internet, use the .jpg format.  This way the file size is smaller and will upload easily.  But if old photographs are next in line, use the .tif format.  The file sizes are much larger, but the image will not be compressed, which can cause a degrading of the image over time.

Most importantly, don’t forget to back up your files.  After spending all that time scanning, it would be a shame to lose it all!

If you have a scanning tip to share, please leave a comment below!

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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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  2. Judi Says:

    Have a favorite book and you want to make a nice dust jacket to match? Simply copy most of the front part of the book into a photo program with a scanner, fix any mistakes, figure out the size of the print and print in color onto regular copy paper. Glue onto a “cut to size” thin colored paper large enough to fit the whole book and then some for inside and cover the book with it. I have replaced some damaged covers for a local school library that looks almost as good as new and protects the books from further damage. You can glue the front (and even a copy of the back and spine if needed) onto almost anything large and flexible enough to fit. If you don’t have a clear protective cover, carefully use clear contact paper for the new cover before putting it on the book or take it to your office supply store and have it lightly laminated.