I have always been interested in family history and in particular, family photos. I enjoyed the evenings when we would watch our home movies and slides. My dad was the family photographer and captured on film our birthdays, holidays, vacations and everyday life. In 2009, I moved back to my hometown of Peoria, Illinois. While going through the basement in my parents’ home, I came across boxes and boxes of my dad’s old slides. My interest was piqued and I decided that these family gems needed to be brought back to life! I began an ambitious digitization project and converted over 600 slides to digital photos. My dad’s collection dated from the 1940’s through the 1970’s, and many of these photos had been taken long before I was born. I organized them chronologically, uploaded them to Picasa and shared them with my immediate and extended family—many of whom had never seen them. Needless to say, my relatives were thrilled. I then thought of the idea of creating a personal digital archive containing not only photos but important and meaningful personal papers and documents that tell my family’s story. I won’t bore you with my family’s history, but click here to see a few items in my digital archive.