November 29, 2007

Genealogy Christmas Idea

My husband and I were trying to figure out what to give his elderly grandmother for Christmas. It occurred to us that she might love seeing the old family photos. So hubby scanned them and we transferred them to a digital photo frame

If you haven't seen those, check them out. You can get one that takes your camera memory stick or one that allows you to transfer photos using a flash drive

There are even some that allow you to upload photos to a website, then the frame automatically dials in nightly using a phone line to download new photos that you have put there.

We chose the simpler and less pricey frame, simply because it has fewer buttons and gadgets. We didn't want Gramma to be confused by any technology. With this one we leave our camera memory stick in, and the frame rotates through the photos. We'll be able to switch out memory sticks by sending a new one which can be switched for the first one. Then the first one can be sent back to us for new photos. That way she will have new photos every so often.

It's also a great way to preserve your family photos from the 1800s or early 1900s if you have any. We're even thinking about scanning some of the documents we have found in our research and adding those to the photo display.

1 comment:

Thomas MacEntee said...

Yes digital picture frames are great - we gave one as a 50th anniversary gift for our parents this past September.

Another idea along the same vein is a small, hand-held device that holds 58 photos and acts as a digital "wallet" - so grandparents now have a new way of showing off their grandchildren.

I've written about this in my family history blog at http://destinationaustinfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/cool-gift-walletpix.html