I spent yesterday and part of today labeling my framed family photos and artifacts (shadow boxes and framed artifacts). I did my best to supply as much information as possible on the back of each photo frame. I included name(s), date or time period,lineage and relationship to our family and corresponding file #. I printed the information out on adhesive labels and placed them on the back of the photo or frame.
I file everything by MRIN (marriage number) because I think of my genealogy by family. I finally finished going through the whole house. I have pictures in every room and in the hallways, I guess I never realized just how many photo’s I had “hanging” around the house. I also scanned every photo I had framed and placed a digital copy in it’s corresponding computer MRIN file. I took picture of my shadow boxes and framed artifacts and uploaded the photo’s into the computer files. See http://fileyourpapers.com/lessons.html for information on how to use this filing system. Finding a system that works for you is not an easy task. You can read more about organization ideas at http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/ where Lorine McGinnis Schulze has posted her thoughts and has a discussion gong about organization (Follow Friday – thanks for such a timely post Lorine).
I still need to photograph the artifacts I have in the safe and the larger heirlooms I have in the house. I think I will probably attach some sort of tag to these larger items and continue the process of having a digital image of the item placed in my digital files.