Re: Scanning Documents and Photos - personal preferences #general

Eva Lawrence

I've copied down the very useful  technical hints, but here are some new views on what to keep.
It's important not to just crop faces, but also scan the whole picture. Clothes can be important for dating photos and show the atmosphere of the picture. Backgrounds show whether it's a studio portrait or not, may  help to identify the place of residence.. I think it is advisable not to destroy the original if at all possible, because you are never as completely informed as you think,  and when it's gone  completely unexpected questions that come up later which can't be answered.. This is most important for photos from the 19th and first half of the 20th century , when people were not as snap-happy as in digital times. The very existence of an early photograph shows that it is of importance. .And the people you don't recognise may be of interest to a new DNA contact or even to  a complete stranger seeing it in an archive, if thr picture provides clues which speak to them.
As an example, I received a box of old photographs from a second cousin on my father's side and discovered a great-uncle on my mother's side in a group photograph. It was the back of the picture which showed that it had been taken in an interment camp, and the great-uncle's only suit that clinched his identification..  For completeness of your records, the source of any unidentified  photograph will also be needed - which side of the family did it come from? 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

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