Photo Restoration

There is a Facebook group called Random Acts of Kindness which consists of volunteers who will restore your photos (digitally) for free. The volunteers have varying degrees of expertise. Most of the time you will have several people working on your photo so you can choose which photo you like. Because this is digital, you should scan your photo at least 200% and 300 dpi (high resolution). Facebook will lower the resolution automatically.

New York Visit

  • Posted on: 15 April 2015
  • By: rootie

Somewhere up in the mountains of New York you'll find the home of our OFS president, Tom Olin and his wife Debby. I was fortunate to have visited them this past weekend. The weather was gorgeous and their property was equally gorgeous. A nice little lake above them and a beautiful stream flowing down alongside the house. I can't think of a more peaceful setting.

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Once you've scanned all your old family photos and historical documents, what will you do with them?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

  • Posted on: 13 July 2014
  • By: Annetta3856

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 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