The Importance of Digitizing Your Family Tree

As a family historian, you’ve likely spent countless hours researching and documenting your family tree. But have you considered digitizing your family tree? Digitizing your family tree has several advantages and can help preserve your family’s history for future generations.

Why Should You Digitize Your Family Tree?

Digitizing your family tree can make it more accessible and easier to share with family members. It can also help prevent damage to original documents and photos. By digitizing your family tree, you can also make it easier to organize and store your family history research.

How and When Should You Digitize Your Family Tree?

The best way to digitize your family tree is to start with your physical documents and photos. You can use a scanner to scan documents and photos into your computer, or you can take pictures of them with your smartphone. Once you have digital copies, you can organize them in folders on your computer or in a cloud-based storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

It’s also important to decide when to digitize your family tree. The best time to digitize your family tree is now! The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your family’s history will be lost or damaged.

How to Store Your Photos and Records?

When it comes to storing your digitized family tree, it’s important to use a reliable storage solution. Cloud-based storage services are a good option because they offer reliable backup and access to your files from anywhere. You can also use an external hard drive to store your family tree files.

It’s important to keep your files organized so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. Use folders to organize your family tree files by family member or document type, such as birth certificates or photos.

Recommended Programs for Digitizing Your Photos

There are many programs available for digitizing your family tree photos, and some of the most popular include:

  1. Adobe Photoshop: Photoshop is a popular photo editing software that can help you improve the quality of your scanned photos.
  2. Google Photos: Google Photos is a free cloud-based storage service that offers unlimited photo storage.
  3. Evernote: Evernote is a note-taking app that can help you organize and digitize your family tree research.
  4. Legacybox: Legacybox is a service that can help you digitize your family photos and videos.

In conclusion, digitizing your family tree can help preserve your family’s history for future generations. By using reliable storage solutions and organizing your files, you can ensure that your family’s history will be accessible and easy to share. So start digitizing your family tree today!


Published by Darrell Gibbs

A father of three children and five grandchildren who retired in 2015 and began a career as a non-fiction writer in genealogy resource ebooks for new family historians. Aspiring towards the future as a Historical Fiction Author of his premier book "Wessex Reign".

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