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Membership in the Olin Family Society is free and open to all descendants (including spouses) of John OLIN and Susannah SPENCER. To join, use the OFS Membership Request Form. Membership includes an account on this site. For more information, contact Genealogist Tom Olin via our Contact page.

Online photo storage

Once you've scanned all your old family photos and historical documents, what will you do with them? You could just store them on your computer's hard drive and hope it never fails. But that would be a very foolish thing to do. All hard drives eventually fail, even if it takes a long time to do so.

Although redundant local backups are one way to go, more likely you'd like to share many of those documents with near and distant cousins. For that, an online photo repository is ideal.

How to scan photos and other documents?

A critical step in preserving photographs and other hardcopy documents in digital form is scanning. Although scanning is easy to do with relatively inexpensive devices currently available, there are important things to consider, especially when the end product is intended for use by many future generations.

When you scan a photograph or document, you need to think about things like:

* What pixel resolution should I use? Higher resolutions provide better detail but require more storage space.

Photo Metadata

Have you ever had an old photo with no idea who those people in it were? We've all experienced that. In some cases, the pictures have no historical significance, but there is no doubt that a lot of discarded pictures would have been of great interest to the families of their subjects.

What is this about?

This forum is for the discussion of the preservation of photographs, documents and anything else that can be digitized.

If you're like most people, you have family photographs - probably many of them. Some may be digital, others may be on paper. Chances are, they are not particularly well organized. Even if they are, do you have them saved in a format and location that will ensure they survive for your descendants?

Here, we will discuss and develop best practices for preserving photographs and other digital documents. Things that we need to learn about include:

Searching for Justin Samuel Olin, Jr and Silas Winslow Olin decendents

In particular, I am searching for a birth certificate or proof of Justin Olin, Jr birth and marriage to Alma A. Westcott. I am also searching for a birth certificate or proof of birth and death of Silas Winslow Olin. I have a copy of his marriage to Alice A. Chase from Ancestry.com. Thanking you in advance for any information you can supply or suggestions on where I should search next. I have not contacted Vital Records from Michigan or Wisconsin yet but will if I can't located information with this inquiry. Annetta Olin Clark

Is there a family tree illustration someplace on the OFS web site?

Hi it's me again, is there a family tree illustration for the Olin Family anywhere?? I looked around the site today a bit but didn't come across one. Sorry if I overlooked it.
thanks,

Hello to my family members

Hello all,
I just joined the OFS today and wanted to send my greetings to my family members.

My family branch connects through my Maternal grandfather Edwin McClarin who was the son of Rachel Olin. That family was based out of Buffalo New York where I grew up. I look forward to learning more about the Olin family in the future.
best regards,

Warren Olin (1922 - 2014)

Warren Olin died yesterday, June 8, at his home in Owego, NY. He wrote a 2-volume history of the Joseph Olin family and helped create the Olin Family Society, of which he was the first Historian. He was 92.

Ancestry.com discontinuing Y-DNA and mtDNA tests!

ancestry.com is discontinuing its Y-DNA and mtDNA tests, effective September 5. Anyone who used one of those tests should download their data for safekeeping. I have downloaded data for the 7 men who participated in the OFS Y-DNA project a few years ago, but those men may want to download copies for themselves.

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