• CJ, I made a digital scrapbook with pictures... For each of my children, I scanned my favorite pictures from birth on up and then made a slideshow set to a song I felt encompassed each one's personality.  My parents liked the idea and so I made one honoring their lives together....  All it takes is a scanner, Windows Movie Maker, and a DVD burner -- oh, and time and cooperation from siblings~

    January 21, 2009 at 5:56 p.m.

  • dig - That's a great thing you did, now your family will have those to keep and share. I've been meaning to go to my parent's house and scan all the photos they have. They have A LOT of pictures I don't even know where to begin, but I have to start somewhere.

    January 20, 2009 at 11:02 a.m.

  • Eric - Thanks for the tip! I'll certainly have to look into this. My sister started working on our family tree a few years ago, this would be a great way to save our info. I'm going to look at their site now: Family Tree Maker

    Cleric - Sorry you lost your comment. I've had that happen to me many times also, even though I know I should copy and paste my comments first in notepad or something, lol.  Ah yes, Flickr is a great place to store photos. Good choice. Have you ever printed your photos on Flickr via a service like Moo? I've used that service to make mini cards, they are cool. Check them out here:

    I haven't had my LOLcat fix in a while, maybe that will cheer me up.

    January 19, 2009 at 5:22 p.m.

  • GAHH!!   I lost my comment.  The page errored out and I could not get it back.  *sigh*

    Anyway, great article, glad your gma is feeling better.  It is fitting because I wanted to do a family tree for my familia.  THANKS!  I have been told by my grandma that I am related to Emiliano Zapata somewhere down the line and I would like to find out more.

    Some tips I have is invest in a digital camera, scanner, and voice recorder.  The scanner can be used to scan older pics, newspaper clippings, awards, holiday cards, etc.  Basically anything you'd keep in a "memory shoebox" you should scan.  After that, I'd suggest putting your pics online so as they are safe from local damage (i.e. hurricanes) and places like Flickr let you order prints or discs with images burned on them.

    My original comment mentioned something about LOLcats but I can't recall.  lol

    January 19, 2009 at 4:09 p.m.

  • I've used Family Tree Maker software for many years and am very happy with it. You just plug in your family information such as names, birthdates, marriage dates, death dates, locations, etc.,  and the software will arrange the tree in various formats for you. You can also include photos, audio and video recordings and even write stories about family members.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:06 p.m.