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Cataloging your family photos after scanning.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you recommend a good way to  catalogy my old photographs after I scan them.  I am not sure if I should assign name or dates.


Answer:  When I scan photographs I assign a specific number and collection name.  For instance if I am scanning photos that belonged to my Uncle Ronald Lambert I would catalog the images as RLAMBERT-001.  Each photo would be assigned a numerical value in order of the scanning.  If I scanned a variety of copies of the same photo I would call them – RLAMBERT-001A, RLAMBERT-001B, etc.  Then per photo I would make an entry in a word processing file for example.  RLAMBERT-001: Photograph of Uncle Ronald Lambert in the U.S. Marines while stationed in Japan, 1956.  In photo is a friend identified as “John Smith” on the reverse of photo.  I would then save this file and print it out.  Making a reference bibliography of all my images.  I am sure there are a multitude of ways to catalog your images after you scan them, but this is the personal way I have found most useful.

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