Welcome to our Family Archives!
This site was last updated on March 9, 2016.
I added a new section called
Photo Previewsto the website. You can now look at thousands of family photos that have been scanned but not yet archived. In other words, they haven't been corrected in Photoshop or annotated, and large high-resolution versions of the photos are not yet available for downloading. Preparing photos for the archives takes a lot of time. With Photo Previews, you no longer have to wait so long to see the photos. Also in that section are previews of photos that are already archived. There's a link to the Photo Previews section on the Family Index page.
Please contact me if you're having trouble using our archives — for example, if you're not able to download a full-size image by clicking on its small image in an annotated collection. These problems are caused by quirks in the way different browsers (and different versions of the same browser) behave. It's annoying.
If you scan photos, be sure to do it in both high resolution and large format. The two variables work together. Here's a simple rule of thumb: measure the longest dimension of the photo in inches, then divide 3000 by the measurement. The result is the resolution value you should set your scanner to for that photo. For example, if the longest dimension of the photo is seven inches, divide 3000/7 = 428.57. That means you should set your scanner's resolution to 430 dpi (or ppi) or the next highest setting. Computers are misleading; a low resolution scan looks great on a computer, but the same scan will look terrible when printed. If you're interested, here's a link to some simple scanning tips: Scanning Tips PDF file.
If you see broken links or mistakes, have questions, can identify people in the photos, or have old family photos or other materials we could add to our family archives, please send me an email. If you prefer, you can lend me your materials and I'll scan them for you.
I've assigned an archive number to every item. Here's a simple explanation of what the number means, using two examples: LP-CA3076 and RD-McCLetters009. The first letter(s) of the prefix designates who has the original item. Thus,
Lmeans that Lisa Brown Schoonmaker has the original item and
Rmeans that I (Randy) have it. The final letter in the prefix (
Din these examples) designates whether the item is a photo or a document. The code immediately following the hyphen designates the collection. For example,
Chandler album number 3and
(Laura) McCullaugh Letters.The numbers following the collection designation identify the item in the collection. Thus,
LP-CA3076means that item 076 is a photo from
Chandler album number 3and that Lisa Brown Schoonmaker has the original.
RD-McCLetters009means that item 009 is a document in a collection of Laura McCullaugh's letters and that I have the original. At a later date, I will make a web page that lists all the codes and what they mean.
I have worked on every photo (to varying degrees) in Photoshop. Nearly every photo could be further improved or repaired, and you may be interested in doing that. If you are really serious about it, I highly recommend the book Digital Restoration from Start to Finish by Ctein (Focal Press 2010). Please let me know if you improve a photo and are willing to share it on this website.
All the photos in the archives are JPG files, which are compressed to use less memory. However, I have all the original scans saved as TIFF files, which save every bit of color information. Please contact me if you would like to use an original TIFF file to improve a photo. The difference in file size is huge; 40 megabytes for TIFF versus 2 megabytes for JPG of the same image is not unusual.
This website is password protected. When you click on the Family Index link at the bottom of this page, you will be prompted to log in with both Username and Password, which family members have. If you are not a family member and would like access to this website, please contact me.
To get started, click on the Family Index link at the bottom of this page. Choose a family, and it will take you to that family's genealogical chart. A red
Archivesbox is on the right side of each chart. Click on it to examine – and download – materials in the archives related to that family.
To continue exploring, you can travel up or down the family tree by clicking on one of the people in the genealogical chart whose ID box has a green
Lsignifying an active link. You can also click on the blue
Family Indexlink on the left side of the chart to return to the family index and choose another family.
Click on this Family Index link to begin.