Adventures in family history: Getting started

Dear Readers,

Despite secretly suspecting we’d be spending most of our time here in Whistler seeing sights, shopping, and lolling about telling stories to amuse ourselves—in short, doing anything but the work we intended to do—we actually made some real progress in sorting, identifying, scanning, and labelling our family photos today.

We know, we like to live life on the edge.

Whatever. It’s what we came here to do, and we’re feeling pretty proud.

We started by collecting box upon box of loose photos, photo albums and a dubious-looking family tree from our downstairs locker.

A shopping trolley just lying about came in handy for carting the first load upstairs. And that, friends, is why we now have a trolley parked in the foyer of our apartment. We promise, we’re not turning into bag ladies. Yet.


Deep in the bowels of the mountain, we found a treasure trove of family memorabilia in Wendy’s storage locker. Plus a grocery trolley. Score!

We spread our day’s work on the table.


And this is only the very beginning…

Getting busy scanning photos and inspecting negatives.


Wendy sorts through photo…after photo…after photo.


Rachel, our intrepid and long-suffering photo scanning pro, hard at work.

Bucky felt lonely and unwanted, so we gave him an important job: Chief Apple Inspector. It made him feel needed, plus allowed him to have a healthy snack when no one was looking.


Bucky takes off his hat indoors. Such a polite little fellow he is.

Our work is nowhere near done. Tomorrow we rise at dawn to enter the fray once more. Tally ho the fox!

(Not really, we just think it makes us sound hardcore.)


Karen, Wendy, Rachel, and Bucky (Chief Apple Inspector)


  1. Fab project. I am drowning in photos at the moment and itching to sort them out….maybe something to do once the kids leave 😉 .

  2. LOVE IT! It is always an adventure . . . . if you need any advice or help check out my community of 3,000 genealogy and family history bloggers at – there’s also a great group on Facebook called Technology and Genealogy where you can post questions about scanning photos etc. Cheers!

  3. I find my boxes overwhelming. Following along with interest…

  4. Bonnie Annibalini

    April 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Really enjoying this…

  5. I need to do this SO bad! Not only do I have mine but my mother’s to go through and sort…..but not today!

  6. I used to work as a photo organizer, helping people organize their family history and create books and photo gifts as well…I’ve written about it some on the blog. It can be an overwhelming process, but well worth it! What a treasure to have! I’ll enjoy following along as well!

  7. OMG, what a great project, I wish I had the patience. You might have inspired me :) We have a huge big box in the basement full of pre-digital photos of the kids that I really need to sort through. Maybe I’ll turn it into a family project, as if my teenagers would ever be willing to do something like this :)

  8. Totally inspired here! I’m going to tackle my box! As soon as I track down a scanner . . .

  9. Inherited my parents and aunts photos as well as my own. I am going to do this. Thanks for sharing

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