How to save & share family photos

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23 July 2016
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Save, restore and share your precious family photos - Helen Tovey tells you how

Scan & share your photos

Scanning your photos means you can enjoy them in so many ways, and means that you have copies of these precious family faces from the past. When you’re scanning your photos, you’re sure to get the whole family involved when they spot those nostalgic pictures coming out of the storage trunk.

Once you’ve scanned your images, not only do you have the peace of mind of a back-up, you can also use these digitised copies in a variety of ways – slideshows for family gatherings, popping a CD in the post to share with a relative, posting an old photo to Facebook for a trip down memory lane, or printing out copies to use in family history craft projects and posters. And you can let the children enjoy them, with no worry about sticky fingers!

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Get old photos restored

If your photos have become damaged over time, then you may like to get them digitally restored by a professional photograph restorer. Doing so will mean that you can ‘turn back time’, because on the digital copies you’ll be able to see your photos as they once were – without scratches, tears and spots of dirt!

Label your photos

You might know who’s in the picture, but will your children be able to recognise them too? It’s well worth carefully recording the names of the people in the picture and the date it was taken.

An old family photo means so much more when you know for sure which loveable old ancestor you’re looking at. As well as dates and places, record details about the occasion – Grandpa going off to war, Auntie Julie’s wedding and baby Harold’s first birthday.

For more tips, watch Helen's video below: