Three Ways to Start the New Year Right!

By Maureen A. Taylor

men getting ready to go out 1866

Visiting family and friends on New Year’s Day is an old tradition. In this stereo image, a group of men are getting ready to go out. It dates from circa 1866 and is in the collection of the Library of Congress. Hand-coloring make it a bit more realistic.

What are you going to do in the New Year? See relatives? Stay home and ponder your resolutions? Here are three suggestions for starting the year right, no resolutions required.

Invest in a Photo-Organizing Program

A new entry in the market is MemoryWeb. It’s a mobile app that automatically adds the new pictures you take, allows you to upload them to Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook or Family Search. Right now it’s only available for IOS devices. It’s reasonably priced at $9.99 to $49.99 a year. You can even keep all the photos on your desktop computer as well. No more wondering how to get all those images in the same place for tagging with keywords.

Adobe PhotoShop Elements is a good choice for Android Users. The price point is much higher at $9.99 a month and the learning curve is steep, but Adobe is a trusted name in images.

Comment on this post to tell me about your favorite photo organizing software.

Identify Your Photos

You don’t have to work with all those boxes and albums at once. Set a simple goal of one photo per month. Get stuck? Move on but keep notes on what you’ve done and your questions about that image. Follow the tips in this blog and in my Family Photo Detective book available at

Purchase Preservation Supplies

As you work with your images you’re going to need ways to save them for the next generation. Visit your local art store and buy a 6B or softer lead pencil, find some non-pvc polyester sleeves to protect your images and buy an acid and lignin free box to store them., and all sell what you need or ask for a list of suppliers at your public library or archive.

Imagine how you’ll feel next New Year’s, when these three simple steps have tamed your photo collection and moved you down the path of a fully organized family archive.

Now that you know how you’ll start 2018, make like these guys and pay a social call on some friends.