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From These Roots: A Journey from Poverty in 1930s Philadelphia to Civil Rights Legacy in 1960s Los Angeles

The story below has been shared with Family Pictures USA by Bill Doggette about the path his parents took to resist the unjust practices of a pre-Civil Rights era America in southern California. “It is often said in ancestral black family circles, that ‘God does not bring us this far to leave us.’”– Frances Clarke Doggett Filmmaker Bill […]

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Family Memories in Your Home Movies

There truly is nothing like reliving memories from the past and old home movies is one of the best ways to do that. They contain priceless footage of moments in our lives, laughs of lost loved ones, and family history worth preserving for future generations. No matter how long it has been, rewinding a tape […]

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Tip # 11

Scanning Tips and Tricks

In this day and age with the advancements in technology, there’s no good excuse for poor image quality. With smartphones and digital cameras, low resolution is a thing of the past. So, it’s always a shame when a project with scanned images is blurry or pixelated. But rest assured, I will show you the ropes […]

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Saving Childhood Memories

Glitter, glitz, and not so glam…it’s all fun and games until your children bring home their treasures and masterpieces and your house transforms from a clean, comfortable sanctuary into an overwhelming, messy studio art gallery. Of course, their works of art are precious and priceless. Their hand-prints and drawings with “You are the best Mommy […]

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Tip Tuesday # 9

Tips on Dating Old Photos

Sometimes, sorting through old, unlabeled photographs and trying to determine the names, dates, people, and places in them is like attempting to solve a mystery. Old family photographs are a treasured part of any family history but understanding them and the stories they tell can often require an extensive knowledge of your family history and […]

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Unlocking Memories From Old Photos

Milestones of Our Lives As the proverb says, “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.” These moments that take our breath away are often milestones and significant memories that together make up the timeline of our lives. By creating a family timeline, you’ll […]

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Remembering Your Love Story Through Photos

What’s Your Love Story? As Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook, once wrote: “Behind every great love, there’s a great love story.” And behind every great love story, there are bound to be photographs that tell it. But it’s not just about the photos, it’s about the moments they capture and the sentiment they hold […]

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Do People Care About Their Old Family Photos?

Have you ever wondered why some people don’t care when it comes to their family’s printed or digital photos? All those precious memories, like time in the proverbial bottle, but not seeming to feel any real concern or interest about them. The Difference Between Caring And Not For those of us passionate about preserving pictorial […]

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Creating a Family Photo Yearbook

Creating a family photo book is a great organization technique that allows you to hold your memories in your hands. To many, it may seem daunting, but in reality, it is not, and by following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to having memorabilia that will last a lifetime.  1. Choose Your Topic […]

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Tip Tuesday: Prevention is the cure

Protect Your Photos before a Natural Disaster

Texas. Florida. Puerto Rico. California. Nebraska. There have been far too many recent examples of massive storms with massive casualties, including precious family photo collections. However, you don’t need a large-scale natural disaster to have water-damaged photos. Even a leaky pipe or an overflowing bathtub can wreak havoc on those images we hold so dear. […]

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Tip Tuesday: Family Yearbook

Viewing Photos Sparks Joy

4 Ways to Enjoy Your Photos Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, admits that the process of sorting photos with her family was the project that brought her the most joy. She highly recommends viewing pictures together as a family to encourage story-telling. Even the expert of […]

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Tip Tuesday: Decorate your home with memories

How to Save Your Family Photo Albums

Saving Family Photo Albums I’ve heard many stories of people bagging up their old family photos and albums and tossing them to the curb. It’s a myth that future generations won’t care about these old photos. Photographs tell us where we came from and help give many a sense of identity. To best preserve your […]

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Tip Tuesday: Two Second Rule

6 Steps to Organizing Your Shoebox of Photos

Organizing Your Shoeboxes of Photos Do you have boxes of printed photos hiding under your bed, in the attic or tucked away in a closet? Here are six tips perfected by professional photo organizers that will help you get your photos out of the boxes and back into your life. 1. Hunt & Gather: Before […]

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We Are a People of Stories

Wisdom on Saving Your Photos Left to right: APPO Members Danielle Studer, Signe Pagel, Kristen Goodman, and Cathi Nelson. We are just finishing up the filming of our second television episode of Family Pictures USA with our incredible host Thomas Allen Harris! We’ve enjoyed working with WGCU Public Media in Southwest Florida and have been meeting so many amazing […]

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