Thursday, July 16, 2009

Digitizing Granfather's WWII Collection

I spent the day today digitizing my grandfather, Roy SUCKLING's collection of WWII documentation. I wish he had been a genealogist because he kept everything. I would have so much stuff now if he had gotten the genealogy bug. But lucky for me he was an avid photographer. He has lots of photos from his time spent in Shemya, Alaska during the war. Today I focused on all the newsletters from veteran associations and history articles that he had kept. I also scanned letters that he had received from other veterans. He passed his photo collection around the country and another veteran made copies of any photos that someone else wanted.

I used the option on my scanner to produce a PDF after I had scanned all of the pages in one item (newsletter, article, etc.) It's nice to not have ten files for one thing. I hadn't done this before, but was very happy with the results.

The best part of this process was reading through the history of Shemya, Alaska. They never teach you about the Alaskan front in WWII in history class. I still have a lot of reading to do, but I feel like I know have a much better understanding of my grandfather's experiences during the war. I also found out that he made an audio tape of his experiences during the war. Now I have to see if my grandmother still has a copy or find someone who does. I'm inspired to write up a biography about him and make it into a video with all of his photos. It would be great if I had his voice to add to it along with all his photos.

My next project will be to scan all of his WWII photos. I can't wait.


  1. Oh, I hope you post some of the photos once you get them scanned!

    Great blog so far! I'm a subscriber! Keep up the good work!

  2. Tina

    This post came through my Google Reader without a title - this may not seem important but it might prevent your post from being picked up by Google and other search engines. If you need help let me know.

    Thomas MacEntee

  3. Thomas
    That happened because when I went to add the title, I hit enter and it posted before I added the title. I immediately went and added the title, but I must have not been fast enough.