4 Easy Tips from the Library of Congress To Help You Preserve Your Digital Photos

Hi Everyone,

In browsing through Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, I saw an item in there about “4 Easy Ways To Help Preserve Your Digital Photos”.

Photos we often work on from our ancestors are on some variety of paper, produced from non-digital cameras and developed through a chemical process that has long seen its day with the advent of digital photography over the last ten years.

More often than not,  these photos are in picture albums at best, and maybe even written on the back with great pieces of information describing who, what, when, where, why of the picture.  At worse, you just have piles of pictures stacked in boxes with no insights into making heads or tails of what the pictures are.

Dick Eastman notes that in an October 24, 2011 posting that Butch Lazorchak of the Library of Congress has put together a nice and simple list of 4 easy tips on how to go about preserving your digital photos in a meaningful way.

Why is this important to know now?

Because you probably curse each and every time you are looking at your “piles” of paper photos from years past,  asking why Grandma Mary or Grandpa John did not make any notes about the picture so that YOU would have a nice easy process in working with the photos.

Guess what?

YOU are now that version of Grandma Mary or Grandpa John for your descendants!

Don’t let your descendants curse you every time they are attempting to look at pictures from your generation if they are even lucky to know where your digital pictures are.  Oh, you left all of your pictures on your memory card in the camera!  Oh that memory card was full and you replaced it with an unfilled one.  Now where did I put that memory card with all of those pictures??


The article by Butch Lazorchak can help you begin the process of organizing your digital photos in a manner that will be helpful and meaningful to the budding genealogists of the future that may be interested in your life.

Here is the link to the article:

“Four Easy Tips For Preserving Your Digital Photographs” by Butch Lazorchak of the Library of Congress

Now is the time to organize these valuable digital photos you have been creating over the recent years.  I know you do not want your descendants to curse you out in the far future.  Don’t be like Grandma Mary and Grandpa John of the past and their paper photos you are trying to decipher.

Now is the time to step up to the plate.

Enjoy the article.  Become inspired!  Follow the Tips from Butch!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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