The Delaware County Historical Association will present “Scanning Your Family Treasures” on Saturday, March 18th from 2 to 4 pm. The workshop will be held at DCHA on Route 10 north of Delhi. DCHA archivist Ray LaFever will do a follow-up to last year’s genealogy workshop with a presentation about saving and sharing family history through digital imaging. Digital imaging has made it possible to share family photos, letters and other documents with everyone in your family. LaFever will talk about the kinds of items to scan and the challenges related to scanning various media, including slides, negatives, and tintypes, as well as small diaries and letters in faint pencil. The presentation will discuss the standards for imaging. If done right, you should only have to scan an item once.
As well as an amateur genealogist, Ray has been a professional archivist since graduating from SUNY Albany in 1985. After spending five years working for local governments in Albany and Dutchess counties, he spent 20 years working for the New York State Archives, providing advisory services on archives and records management to local governments and local historical societies.