Genealogy: Digital media life expectancy

Genealogy: Digital media life expentancyA lot of ink has been spilled over the issue of media longevity. Media consumers and producers have placed a great deal of emphasis on seeking and promoting high longevity media. Ultimately, however, for a great many reasons, longevity is overrated as a desirable media characteristic.

  • Media life expectancy claims are statistical averages based on accelerated aging tests and can only provide a rough estimate of how long any particular piece of media will last under certain storage and handling. Continue reading

Genealogy: Bring ancestors to life with photographs

Bring ancestors to life with photographsBy Barry J. Ewell

Living family members may not understand the genealogist’s passion for all the “dry” vital data. When you start putting photographs and stories with names and dates, suddenly they become real people with real lives that you and your family can begin to relate to on a personal basis.

In a recent project, I was working with family members to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Elias Jones immigrating from Wales to America. Continue reading