Capture your family history for future generations in photo albumns.

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Using photograph albumns to protect your family history.

Introduction

My Grandmother was a very straight-forward kind of person. She was part of generation who survived two world wars and had a make do and mend attitude to life. They lived in a time with extreme conditions and hard times yet the word Ďstressí didnít seem to exist. They walked miles for work and thought nothing of it, there were no hand-outs yet no-one appear to be unhappy with their lot, they just got on with it. She never really spoke much of her young life or her parents, yet when she dies last month, we had a perfectly written history of her life that she had completed long before her death, not to mention many photos of her parents and brother. Even back then with the lack of money there still appeared to be photos taken of friends and family on special occasions such as weddings and Christmas.

There was also a great record of my Grandfatherís life in the army in World War II, including pictures of the him and his army mates in Egypt and at the Catterick garrison. These act as part of the family history from a photographed boxing match on a boat to my Father and his sisters enjoying a donkey ride on the beach.

Protecting photographs in the digital age

Of course, the world is unrecognisable in terms of lifestyle and technology but ironically I am not sure that our future generations will have so many photos to look through in the years to come. Although, cameras on phones, video cameras and e-mail have made it very easy to stay in touch and capture every single second of your holiday (much to your friends dismay) I do wonder whether the photos we take today will be so coveted. Perhaps not, after all, there will be potentially hundreds or if people do not print them from their electronic devices they will be not many at all. It is noticeable that I do not have nearly as many photos in albums in the last five years than I did in the five years previous to that. The reason for this is that they all tend to live on my PC, or on a DVD or an ipod. However many good intentions I have, I never seem to get round to printing photos even though much time is spent taking them.

Using a photograph albumn to protect your photographs and tell a story

So if you do take 10 or more shots of the same view, remember to print out the edited highlights for many reasons. Firstly, however much friends and family smile at your hundreds of photos there is a limit to how much they can look through on a laptop, secondly, unless you back up with a military precision you never know, when you PC or laptop is about to irretrievably break down. Thirdly, a useless file number isnít going to tell future generations much about what they are looking at should your electronic photos survive. With this in mind, make sure you print a few photos out to show your friends after your holiday. You will be able to look back fondly on your holidays or special events and put them in a nice album, complete with names, places and dates for your own pleasure as well as for future generations.