Digital Memories: Scanning Your Old Photos and Other Keepsakes

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Digital Memories: Scanning Your Old Photos and Other Keepsakes

A variety of software programs and online sites make it easier than ever to start a family history and add important documents and photos.

A photo, an old sports clipping or a newspaper obituary give new life to names and dates, by associating a face and a place on a person who might share your name but whom you’ve never met. These items can reveal traits about where your eyes came from, hair color…or who’s responsible for introducing male-pattern baldness to your line.

With a ScanSnap scanner, you can scan family photos and save them as JPEGs to link to online genealogy sites, or load into a desktop family tree program. Just having the digitized version means that you no longer have to worry about keepsake family photo albums, where they are and who’s taking care of them.

ScanSnap S1500 series provides a carrier sheet – a clear plastic sleeve – that protects a photo or a brittle newspaper clipping while it passes through the scanner.

You simply open the carrier sheet, place the photo, artwork or clipping inside, close the carrier sheet, and put it into the scanner’s loading tray in the usual way. The scanner’s sensor records the document through the clear plastic for a sharp and clean digital picture. Then you can assign the photo or clipping to a name or family in your family tree, adding to the value that you and others can get from the information you’ve gathered.

Using this methodology, you can also make original art from family photos, clippings or drawings that you scan together. Place the pieces in the carrier sheet, set your ScanSnap to save the digitized art as a JPG, and you have a new piece of digital art that you can e-mail!

Megan Fowler
Marketing Communications Manager
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc