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For the last few years, as Scott and I have traveled to family history conferences around the country with Family Photoloom, we’ve talked to hundreds, maybe thousands, of people about their family history pictures. We’ve learned that one of the biggest challenges folks face is getting their photos and documents digitized. Some don’t know the first thing about how to scan photos, but most simply lack the time or resources. Many note that they are looking for someone they can trust to do the job professionally, but are reluctant to mail their priceless memories across the country, or, heaven forbid, halfway around the world.

iPreserve NWEnter iPreserve. We were first introduced to iPreserve when we met McKay Murdock, the manager of the St. George iPreserve, at the St. George Family History Expo last March. As he explained to us, iPreserve is a national chain of independently owned franchises, dedicated to digitizing family history.

iPreserve is a localized service, so there is no need to mail anything anywhere.  They come to you.  They sit down with you, explain your digitizing options for whatever media you have, and take the time to find out exactly what you want done. Then they convert everything onto DVD or CD, either in your home or in their labs.  They have the most awesome equipment for doing the best possible job, too.

It took Scott about a minute (and me a minute more) to decide that iPreserve was the answer we’d been looking for.  Within the month, we had made the decision to expand the scope of Photoloom LLC – and signed the papers to purchase the first iPreserve franchise in the Pacific Northwest (which we ingeniously named…get ready….iPreserve NW).

We are really excited about this new adventure!   iPreserve dovetails perfectly with Family Photoloom, and provides a solid, viable solution to an important, but often overwhelming problem facing family historians – or anyone really – who has media that predates the digital world. (Isn’t that just about everyone?)

We’ve always been in the business of preserving memories. Now we have a practical way to address that process from start to finish. We knew going into this venture that it would be rewarding, and though our iPreserve franchise has only been up and running for a short while, it’s already clear that even we underestimated both the need and the rewards of such a service.

It seems like the moment I broach the subject with someone, a misty look will inevitably cross their face, and then they’ll say something like, “I’ve got this box of slides that used to belong to my Dad…” or “I have all these old movies in a box in the basement…”

Just yesterday, I had that experience myself.  I watched an 8mm movie of my seven-year old self from Christmas 1970.  I’ve never seen it before – I guess it got tucked away right after being developed, and it didn’t see light of day again until Scott converted it. It has the best footage of my cat, Shelia, on it.  And a moment where my Mom is really, truly happy.  That probably doesn’t mean much to you, but it means a lot to me.

And that’s the thing – these memories, they are precious reminders of a life well-lived. All people want to do is see them again, and save them for their families. We do that for them – both iPreserve NW and Family Photoloom – and it’s great.  I couldn’t ask for more.

If you live in the Portland area and would like to contact us about converting your media, please contact us at (503) 628-2228, or visit our iPreserveNW Facebook page and leave us a message.   Or check out the iPreserve website to find a location near you.

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As we travel and spread the word about Family Photoloom, Scott and I attend a number of family history conferences, many of which are hosted by our good friends at Family History Expos: it is in large part because of Holly Hansen (FHExpos President) and her crew that that we feel so welcomed and supported by this amazing community.  Now it’s our turn to offer support.

On February 20th, Family History Expos experienced a hard blow when their website was destroyed by a fire suppression accident in the data center that housed their servers.  They are now rebuilding, and (as Paul McCartney once put it), “Every day, in every way, it’s getting better and better.”   We invite you to visit their new website, a beautiful work in progress, and register to receive their free E-news and Tips.

To register, just go to the Family History Expos website, and click “Register” in the “My Account” box on the right hand side of the page.

As an added incentive, Family History Expos is offering a free digital copy of their very popular interview book “Life in Your Town” to anyone who registers.   I signed up a few days ago, and received my e-book this morning.  It comes as a MS Word .doc, allowing you to enter details and pictures of an individual’s life right into the document. I plan to pass a copy on to my 18-year old who has recently been conducting life-interviews with her grandma.  (I don’t know how long this free e-book offer will last so sign up today!)

P.S.  One of the things I love the most about Family History Expos is that they offer something for everyone, from the hard-core DNA-tracking genealogist (not me) to the journal-writing picture preserver (me!).   Consider attending one of the many Expos sponsored by Family History Expos.  This year there will be Expos from California to Atlanta and many places in between.  For more information, see their website at http://www.fhexpos.com/.

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Big things are happening at Photoloom! Just for starters, we are now an official software affiliate with New FamilySearch, and are working to become “New FamilySearch Certified.”

With our upcoming 3.0 release, Family Photoloom members will be able to import information from New FamilySearch* and tag their pictures with New FamilySearch IDs, enabling their pictures to be associated with records stored in New FamilySearch.

What does this mean for you?

  • You can import your genealogy information into your Family Photoloom account directly from New FamilySearch, so you will no longer need to type it in.
  • You can help ornament the New FamilySearch Global Tree with the pictures and documents you tag in Family Photoloom.  You have complete control over what is kept private and what is made available to other researchers.
  • Together, we are paving the way for a new generation of “image enriched genealogy.

Update: We have completed Beta testing and are now New FamilySearch Certified!  (Whoo-hoo!)  Click here to read more about how Family Photoloom works with New FamilySearch.

* FamilySearch is a family history website provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It provides its resources free of charge to the public and is one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the Internet. A new website, now known as New FamilySearch, that gives users the ability to edit data was launched in 2007, and is incrementally becoming available to genealogists worldwide. For more information, click here.

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