Scanfest is Coming…But Not Until September 30th

Scanfest is coming! For those of you who are regular Scanfesters, you may have accidentally marked September 23rd for the next Scanfest Day, since that is the fourth Sunday of the month. However, there are five Sundays in September, and our usual meeting time is the last Sunday of each month. Therefore, we will be gathering Sunday, September 30th at 11 AM, Pacific Daylight Time, and scanning and chatting until 2 PM, PDT.

For those of you who are wondering what Scanfest is, it’s a time we genea-bloggers have set aside to scan our precious family documents, records and photographs for preservation’s sake. Scanning can be one of those monotonous chores, put off until never. So in order to make it a little more interesting, we’ve agreed to meet online for three hours every month while scanning, and chat using Windows Live Messenger. It’s a great way to get to know one another and exchange ideas about preservation, technology, and genealogy.

You don’t have to have a genealogy blog to join us. We are always open to new “faces” at our Scanfest sessions! Here’s how to sign up:

To join us, you’ll need a Hotmail or Gmail account, and Windows Live Messenger downloaded to your computer (Mac users go here to download Microsoft Messenger for Mac). Although WLM states that it is compatible with Yahoo! e-mail accounts, we have had difficulty adding Yahoo! users to our chat conversation. Once you have gotten set up, send me an e-mail (see my profile in the right-hand menu) and I’ll add you to our chat list. You’ll receive an invitation message from me in the e-mail account that you’ve set up for Messenger, and will need to verify that I can add you as a contact. My Messenger account is identical to my Gmail account, except that it’s “@hotmail.com”.

Here’s a list of some of the things I’ve scanned, either in part or fully, over the last seven months:

  • * The Family Record Book of John Martin HOEKSTRA and Lillian Fern STRONG – my great-grandparents’ family tree book (see scanning progress here).
  • * Photos of my husband’s TOLLIVER and COLLINS ancestors, loaned to me by my father-in-law and sister-in-law
  • * Journals and investment documents of my grandfather, Adrian DeVRIES
  • * Other family papers and photographs from the estate of my grandmother, Ruth Lillian (HOEKSTRA) VALK DeVRIES (here, here and here)
  • * My black-and-white wedding photos – for the eventual creation of a Wedding Memory Book at MemoryPress.com

I have so much more I need to scan! I’ll bet you do, too! Won’t you join us?

Scanfest is Coming…But Not Until September 30th

Scanfest is coming! For those of you who are regular Scanfesters, you may have accidentally marked September 23rd for the next Scanfest Day, since that is the fourth Sunday of the month. However, there are five Sundays in September, and our usual meeting time is the last Sunday of each month. Therefore, we will be gathering Sunday, September 30th at 11 AM, Pacific Daylight Time, and scanning and chatting until 2 PM, PDT.

For those of you who are wondering what Scanfest is, it’s a time we genea-bloggers have set aside to scan our precious family documents, records and photographs for preservation’s sake. Scanning can be one of those monotonous chores, put off until never. So in order to make it a little more interesting, we’ve agreed to meet online for three hours every month while scanning, and chat using Windows Live Messenger. It’s a great way to get to know one another and exchange ideas about preservation, technology, and genealogy.

You don’t have to have a genealogy blog to join us. We are always open to new “faces” at our Scanfest sessions! Here’s how to sign up:

To join us, you’ll need a Hotmail or Gmail account, and Windows Live Messenger downloaded to your computer (Mac users go here to download Microsoft Messenger for Mac). Although WLM states that it is compatible with Yahoo! e-mail accounts, we have had difficulty adding Yahoo! users to our chat conversation. Once you have gotten set up, send me an e-mail (see my profile in the right-hand menu) and I’ll add you to our chat list. You’ll receive an invitation message from me in the e-mail account that you’ve set up for Messenger, and will need to verify that I can add you as a contact. My Messenger account is identical to my Gmail account, except that it’s “@hotmail.com”.

Here’s a list of some of the things I’ve scanned, either in part or fully, over the last seven months:

  • * The Family Record Book of John Martin HOEKSTRA and Lillian Fern STRONG – my great-grandparents’ family tree book (see scanning progress here).
  • * Photos of my husband’s TOLLIVER and COLLINS ancestors, loaned to me by my father-in-law and sister-in-law
  • * Journals and investment documents of my grandfather, Adrian DeVRIES
  • * Other family papers and photographs from the estate of my grandmother, Ruth Lillian (HOEKSTRA) VALK DeVRIES (here, here and here)
  • * My black-and-white wedding photos – for the eventual creation of a Wedding Memory Book at MemoryPress.com

I have so much more I need to scan! I’ll bet you do, too! Won’t you join us?

Scanfest is Coming!

This Sunday, August 26th, is my last before I head back to work for the school year. It’s also Scanfest day! From 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time, I’ll be on Windows Live Messenger, available to chat with anyone else who would like to join me to scan, tag, file, or sort their precious family documents and photographs.

I’ve gotten quite a bit scanned over the last few months since we’ve started this event. I started off with the Family Record Book of my great-grandparents, John Martin HOEKSTRA and Lillian Fern STRONG, then worked on the journal of my grandfather, Adrian DeVRIES. Lately, I’ve been scanning my wedding photos for an eventual Wedding Memory Book to be published by MemoryPress. I think it will make a nice keepsake for my kids when I finally get it done.

Seems like no matter how much I get scanned, there’s always a huge pile waiting…this even though I haven’t ordered many records this year (my focus this year has been more on documenting and citing what I do have, rather than obtaining more). I’ll bet you’ve got piles of photos and documents that need scanning, too! Won’t you join me? (P.S. You don’t have to be a blogger!)

Here are the details:

You’ll need a Hotmail or Gmail account, and Windows Live Messenger downloaded to your computer (Mac users go here to download Microsoft Messenger for Mac). Although WLM states that it is compatible with Yahoo! e-mail accounts, we have had difficulty adding Yahoo! users to our chat conversations. Once you have gotten set up, send me an e-mail (see my profile in the right-hand menu) and I’ll add you to our chat list. You’ll receive an invitation message from me in the e-mail account that you’ve set up for Messenger, and will need to verify that I can add you as a contact. My Messenger account is identical to my Gmail account, except that it’s “@hotmail.com”.

If you have any questions, be sure to e-mail me (again, see my profile for that address). See you Sunday!

Scanfest is Coming!

This Sunday, August 26th, is my last before I head back to work for the school year. It’s also Scanfest day! From 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time, I’ll be on Windows Live Messenger, available to chat with anyone else who would like to join me to scan, tag, file, or sort their precious family documents and photographs.

I’ve gotten quite a bit scanned over the last few months since we’ve started this event. I started off with the Family Record Book of my great-grandparents, John Martin HOEKSTRA and Lillian Fern STRONG, then worked on the journal of my grandfather, Adrian DeVRIES. Lately, I’ve been scanning my wedding photos for an eventual Wedding Memory Book to be published by MemoryPress. I think it will make a nice keepsake for my kids when I finally get it done.

Seems like no matter how much I get scanned, there’s always a huge pile waiting…this even though I haven’t ordered many records this year (my focus this year has been more on documenting and citing what I do have, rather than obtaining more). I’ll bet you’ve got piles of photos and documents that need scanning, too! Won’t you join me? (P.S. You don’t have to be a blogger!)

Here are the details:

You’ll need a Hotmail or Gmail account, and Windows Live Messenger downloaded to your computer (Mac users go here to download Microsoft Messenger for Mac). Although WLM states that it is compatible with Yahoo! e-mail accounts, we have had difficulty adding Yahoo! users to our chat conversations. Once you have gotten set up, send me an e-mail (see my profile in the right-hand menu) and I’ll add you to our chat list. You’ll receive an invitation message from me in the e-mail account that you’ve set up for Messenger, and will need to verify that I can add you as a contact. My Messenger account is identical to my Gmail account, except that it’s “@hotmail.com”.

If you have any questions, be sure to e-mail me (again, see my profile for that address). See you Sunday!

Report on July Scanfest

Yesterday I spent an enjoyable three hours online in the company of Jasia and the footnoteMaven, while we busily scanned photos for Scanfest. Jasia was scanning family photos from her childhood, Maven was scanning orphan (unidentified) photos found at antique stores, and I scanned about a third of the black-and-white photos in one of my wedding albums, in preparation for my Wedding Memory Book to be published by MemoryPress.

Although Craig wasn’t able to join us, he did mention in his last post that he had his own personal Scanfest going. It’s nice to know that Scanfest is inspiring people to get their precious family and ancestral photos and documents scanned and preserved.

I hope you can join us for the next one, Sunday, August 26 from 11 AM – 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time.

Report on July Scanfest

Yesterday I spent an enjoyable three hours online in the company of Jasia and the footnoteMaven, while we busily scanned photos for Scanfest. Jasia was scanning family photos from her childhood, Maven was scanning orphan (unidentified) photos found at antique stores, and I scanned about a third of the black-and-white photos in one of my wedding albums, in preparation for my Wedding Memory Book to be published by MemoryPress.

Although Craig wasn’t able to join us, he did mention in his last post that he had his own personal Scanfest going. It’s nice to know that Scanfest is inspiring people to get their precious family and ancestral photos and documents scanned and preserved.

I hope you can join us for the next one, Sunday, August 26 from 11 AM – 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time.

Join Me for the July Scanfest

This Sunday, July 29th, from 11 AM – 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time, I will be hosting the July 2007 session of Scanfest. If you’ve been following T.K.’s “Tidy Your Documents Month” over at Before My Time, you’re sure to have a nice little stack of documents and photos needing scanning. Let me tell you: I certainly do! I can’t say that I’ve gotten organized overnight, but in beginning to sort and analyze the papers documenting my paternal grandparents’ lives, I found lots of great clues for further research and uncovered some details I had either not known about or forgotten. In addition, I received three CDs of scanned photos and documents from scrapbooks belonging to my grandfather’s sister, most of which were about her parents (my great-grandparents). I’ve been having a blast putting all this information together in date order and sharing it with my readers and family members.

One of the other things I’ve done is to remove original certificates, documents, and photos from some of these file folders, scan them, and place them in acid-free, archival safe sleeves. They are currently in a binder, waiting to be moved to my newly-leased safety deposit box at my financial institution.

I’ve hole-punched genealogical and historical newsletters and placed them in binders, and I’ve cleared out a couple of “to be filed” piles. There’s still a long way to go (it’s a journey, not just a destination!), but I’m chipping away at it, a little at a time.

So back to Scanfest: I’ve got a list of items to be scanned, especially things from my ROBBINS grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ file folders, as well as an album full of my wedding pictures in preparation for the memory album I’m working on over at MemoryPress. I hope you’ll join me for these three hours and we can chat about what we’re scanning, researching, cooking for dinner, planning to do on our next vacation, you name it!

Now, I’m really hoping you’ll join me! June’s Scanfest was a bit of a bust, which is why I never got around to blogging a report. The footnoteMaven was kind enough to join me for about a half an hour, but then needed to go. Nobody else showed up! 😦 Then there was an issue with my computer, which needed to be dusted out with compressed air. That took my husband about half an hour to do a full service job on it while I chatted on my laptop, unable to scan anything! I know a lot of people are on vacation this time of year–and for others, Sunday afternoons are reserved for family times. BUT, if you mark it on your calendar and IF you have some free time, I’d love to visit with you! And hey, you’ll be doing your descendants a big favor by getting some of your “stuff” scanned and organized!

Here are the technical details:

To join me, you’ll need a Hotmail or Gmail account, and Windows Live Messenger downloaded to your computer (Mac users go here to download Microsoft Messenger for Mac). Although WLM states that it is compatible with Yahoo! e-mail accounts, we have had difficulty adding Yahoo! users to our chat conversation. Once you have gotten set up, send me an e-mail (see my profile in the right-hand menu) and I’ll add you to our chat list. You’ll receive an invitation message from me in the e-mail account that you’ve set up for Messenger, and will need to verify that I can add you as a contact. My Messenger account is identical to my Gmail account, except that it’s “@hotmail.com”.

Hope to see you there!