One of the other things I've done is to remove original certificates, documents, and photos from some of these file folders, scan them, and place them in acid-free, archival safe sleeves. They are currently in a binder, waiting to be moved to my newly-leased safety deposit box at my financial institution.
I've hole-punched genealogical and historical newsletters and placed them in binders, and I've cleared out a couple of "to be filed" piles. There's still a long way to go (it's a journey, not just a destination!), but I'm chipping away at it, a little at a time.
So back to Scanfest: I've got a list of items to be scanned, especially things from my ROBBINS grandparents' and great-grandparents' file folders, as well as an album full of my wedding pictures in preparation for the memory album I'm working on over at MemoryPress. I hope you'll join me for these three hours and we can chat about what we're scanning, researching, cooking for dinner, planning to do on our next vacation, you name it!
Now, I'm really hoping you'll join me! June's Scanfest was a bit of a bust, which is why I never got around to blogging a report. The footnoteMaven was kind enough to join me for about a half an hour, but then needed to go. Nobody else showed up! :-( Then there was an issue with my computer, which needed to be dusted out with compressed air. That took my husband about half an hour to do a full service job on it while I chatted on my laptop, unable to scan anything! I know a lot of people are on vacation this time of year--and for others, Sunday afternoons are reserved for family times. BUT, if you mark it on your calendar and IF you have some free time, I'd love to visit with you! And hey, you'll be doing your descendants a big favor by getting some of your "stuff" scanned and organized!
Here are the technical details:
To join me, you'll need a Hotmail or Gmail account, and Windows Live Messenger downloaded to your computer (Mac users go here to download Microsoft Messenger for Mac). Although WLM states that it is compatible with Yahoo! e-mail accounts, we have had difficulty adding Yahoo! users to our chat conversation. Once you have gotten set up, send me an e-mail (see my profile in the right-hand menu) and I'll add you to our chat list. You'll receive an invitation message from me in the e-mail account that you've set up for Messenger, and will need to verify that I can add you as a contact. My Messenger account is identical to my Gmail account, except that it's "@hotmail.com".
Hope to see you there!