[31days29] “How to Scrapbook Heritage Photos When You Don’t Have the Whole Story”

by Lain Ehmann on July 29, 2013


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What do you do when you inherit photos and you have no idea about the what, why, and how – and in some cases don’t even know the who? Today we talk about what to do with those mystery heritage photos, including some simple ways to honor them.


“How Do I Scrapbook Heritage Photos When the Story Is Missing?”

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  • Bonnie

    This probably sounds crazy, but When going to a relative’s funeral, i bring photos , usually placed in temporary albums , of the deceased and other unidentified people or relatives. This worked for my mother’s family. My mom had 6 siblings and all but one of my aunts and uncles have passed away. But I brought albums to several of the funerals and everyone loved looking at the old pictures. Many of the unidentified people were, in fact, recognized by my relatives, so I gathered quite a bit of information, I only wish I had done this with my father’s 2 sisters and husbands since I have many photos of my (paternal)grandmothers’s 4 brothers whose names are known but not matched to the photos.

  • Libby Wiers

    My Mom and I went through lots of old photos before she passed away, for which I am thankful. We labeled as many as we could; set aside some to ask others of her generation about; and we did toss some that no one had a clue. Now I have boxes of photos and the scanning idea is wonderful. Wonder what kind of bribe my grandson could be bought with?? Except that he is actually getting paid to scan his grandfather’s old client files, to get the office cleaned up…

  • amyptucson

    What a great question! And great ideas for what we can all do with these mystery photos! Terrific video!

  • LainEhmann

    Thank you, Amy!

  • LainEhmann

    He’ll be an expert scanner! :)

  • LainEhmann

    I think this is a fab idea, Bonnie!

  • Melitta

    Thank you so much Lain, not only for the condolences but the great tips! I’m already putting those tips into practice!

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