I've scanned photographs of myself growing up. I've recorded the important dates of my life in my genealogy program. I've recorded a few of my memories.
One of the problems with recording my own history is that I took all my personal history items from my parents' house when I starting getting involved in genealogy. So then when I scanned what my parents had my stuff wasn't there. Of course there were photographs, but no report cards, no awards, no baby book, no yearbooks, no Puffalump. All of my stuff has been buried in my closet. I knew I wanted it. I knew I need to preserve it. I just never did anything useful with it all.
So now I am on a mission to record "my history". I pulled everything out of my closet so that I could get to the good stuff. I am scanning photographs, photo albums, yearbooks, report cards, and everything else I forgot I had.
Here are my tools:
- CanoScan 8800F (for scanning large documents and photos) - current gen is the 9000F
- Flip-Pal Scanner (so I can scan photos while watching television)
- Lightroom 3 (to organize all the photos I find)
- Personal Historian 2 (for recording all the information I find)
Disclosure: Amazon affiliate links were used for the tools I am using.