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The Value and Importance of Keeping a Family Photograph Album

My Family Album For 2011

The Importance Of A Family Photograph Album

In this age of digital photography it seems to me that people don't place too much importance on keeping a Family Photograph Album anymore. I think this is a big mistake. Our family is very dear to us. The years go by so fast, and we find ourselves thinking of past events in our lives. We have fond memories and some memories that bring sadness. I believe we should have something tangible that we can hold in our hands, feel, and remember those events.

Keeping an album requires some time and effort, but I believe it is well worth that investment.

It is for those reasons that I have kept a photograph album for the past 54 years. I have an album for each year beginning in 1958 when I met and began dating my future husband and the father of our four children. I must have known I would marry this man because I never kept any souvenirs of dates with other young men at the time. I just knew this man was the one I would spend my life with. I kept mementos of our dates: ticket stubs of shows, dances we attended, and restaurant menus.

Our Engagement Dinner Menu 1958

From my first photograph album

From my first photograph album

Our Engagement Dinner Menu At Remond's Cafe

Remond’s Café, 1789 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Ga. Dated April 18, 1958:

Can you believe these prices? A New York Sirloin Strip Stead for $5.50!

½ Pheasant Sauté Aux Champignons 3.75

· Medallion of Veal Sauté Masala 2.75

· Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus 3.50

· Broiled Stuffed Flounder 3.50

· Shish Kebab A La Torque with Rice 3.75

· Small Tenderloin Steak 3.50

· Boneless Stuffed Cornish Hen 3.75

· Roast Long Island Duck A L’orange 3.75

· Broiled Strip Sirloin (N.Y. Cut) 5.50

· Baked Oysters 3.50

· Broiled Florida Lobster in Butter Sauce 3.00

Dinners all came with Salad, choice of potato, Green Beans or Lima Beans, and Bread

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Don't Get Too Fancy With The Cover Of Your Family Album

Creating a Family Album is not like scrapbooking. These books should be made to withstand years of handling, so they have to made "tough", not delicate.

Don't go crazy with the cover for your album. I made the mistake a couple of years of covering my albums with padded fancy covers with some lace and ribbon. They were very pretty to begin with, but after a short time, they became dusty and dirty. It's better to just leave the covers as they are.

Remember, you are creating a Family Album that should last for years. So keep that in mind. You want a cover that you can dust off with just a damp cloth.

I Have A Family Album For Each Year

I write the year of each album on each one. I have an album for each year since 1958. These are placed on a standing shelf. The shelf I started out with is full now, and I have to place the extra albums on another shelf. If we get hurricane warnings, and we have had some bad storms in the past, the albums are placed inside a plastic garbage bag and they are taken up stairs in case the lower floor is flooded. These albums must be protected at all costs. If my house should ever catch fire, I will try to get the family albums out first (after the people are out, of course).

The Filled Shelf With My Family Albums

This shelf is now completely filled.

This shelf is now completely filled.

Another Shelf With My Family Albums

The year 2004 took two albums!  We had a lot happening in our family that year!

The year 2004 took two albums! We had a lot happening in our family that year!

My albums are like a diary. When my family gets together at my house, they love to get an album down from the shelf and look through it. My four daughters will laugh while they compare their baby photos, their teen age years, and later in life as they are now. They like to look back at their hair and dress styles back then. When they were younger they loved to look back at their baby photos. The younger Grandchildren enjoy looking at the albums to see what their parents look like before they were born.

An Old Album

My First Family Albums Were Paper Scrapbooks

I have changed the way I keep my albums over the years. In the fifties, I used a paper scrapbook. The photos were black and white because there was no color film then, and I used those photo corners that were made for that purpose. Over the years these scrapbooks have yellowed, and the corners have come unglued. One of my projects is to try and salvage those precious pages. Before I redo the albums, I will scan the photographs into my computer for safe keeping.

As years went by I used a 3 ring notebook with magnetic pages to hold the photos, and I would write directly on the page to label the photo: who it was, the occasion, etc. I found out after several years the magnetic pages turned yellow, and the writing smeared on the page even though I used permanent marker on the page.

The Album I Now Use

Photos can be inserted and removed easily

Photos can be inserted and removed easily

Acid Free Magnetic Sheeets and Acid Free Sleeve Protectors

I Now Use A Three Ring Album

About eight years ago, I found some Albums that are three ringed. Each album has a printed table of contents in the front so you can easily find whatever you are searching for. They have pages that allow you to slip the photos inside the page. Each page holds six photos front and back. The photos can be as large as 4X6 inches. The pages are acid free which is important. I write directly on the photograph using a fine point permanent marker. I keep a lot of papers like report cards my children got over the years. These are usually 8X10 inches. Those I place in an acid free three hole sheet protector. I think that is a good idea because when I die, my children can just remove the photos of their family that they would like to keep.

I take photos of each and every family occasion. I load them on my computer, then I order prints from those. I have tried printing my photos, but it takes a lot of ink and they never are as good as when I order the prints to be made.

The Album I Now Use

The Album I Use

I Write The Year On Each Album

The Year 2011 Is Completed

The Mailbox Outside Our First Home 1959

My Mother Holding Our First Baby

Our First Baby Born In 1959

All you younger Moms note the cloth diapers we used back then.  They had to be washed, dried and folded!

All you younger Moms note the cloth diapers we used back then. They had to be washed, dried and folded!

My Granddaughter's Graduation From College

The Birth Of My First Great Granddaughter

My Albums Are A History Of Our Family

My family album is a history of our family. We have a history In these albums where the records are there for all the joys and sorrows of our family; the vacations, the births, the marriages, and the deaths. If someone asks, “What year did we go to the trip out West?”, or “What year did we go to Costa Rica?”, or “When did we make that trip to Puerto Rico?”, we can find those photos quickly.

I will admit sometimes I get busy and get behind in my Albums. Ideally as soon as I receive the prints, I go directly to the album and place those photos inside. I try very hard not to get behind in my job of keeping thefamily album.

These albums are a very important part of my family’s heritage. I like to think that when I’m dead, my family will appreciate the time and effort I put into creating our family albums.

My hope is that all these Family Albums will be kept in my family for every member of my family to read and enjoy. I also hope someone in our family will carry on the tradition of keeping a Family Album.

If you have not started a Family Album to hold all the memories of your family, I'd suggest you work on one before all the children are grown and have children of their own. You will be glad you did this for your family, and they will be happy you did, too!

One last thought: Be sure and write the name of the person (or persons) in the photo, date it, and record the event on the back of the photo with a permanent fine point Sharpie. You think you will always remember who the people are in the photo, but I know for a fact, you won't remember.


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 18, 2014:

I was faced with the same dilemma when I downsized from my home f 35 years to a tiny apartment. Fortunately one of my four daughters has space in her home for the two large shelves of our family albums. I had looked into scanning the photos into my computer, but that job was just overwhelming. Just so long as the albums are safely kept: that's the main thing.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on August 18, 2014:

It has been important to me to keep family photo albums over the years. I have boxes and boxes of them since I moved home to care for Mom, and nowhere to put except keep them in the boxes.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 04, 2014:

Hi, imtili So nice to see you here today! I'm glad you like the idea of keeping family albums. I wish I had more photos of my grandparents because I never got to know them.

Thanks so much for reading and for the nice comment and the vote, Mary

Imtiaz Ahmed from Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 04, 2014:

mary615 I agree with you every importance you gave. We all have grand parents. Some of us know about them didn't actually seen them. Through the pictures of a family album you can know many things like: how do they look, what did they like etc. I loved your hub. Thank you for sharing with us. Hope to see more of your writings. I am giving you a up vote.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 27, 2014:

Hi Shyron I am so happy you enjoyed reading about my family albums. I'm so glad my children value these albums as much as I do, and they will treasure them and keep them long after I'm dead and gone!

Thank you for the votes and the share, I appreciate that, Mary

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 27, 2014:

Mary, I did enjoy reading about your picture albums. I had a brown leather album once, and allowed my mother to bring it here from Illinois and when she passed away. I never saw it again.

I have managed to retrieve some from other family members.

Voted up across the board and shared.


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 22, 2014:

Hi, vandynegl I'm glad you keep family albums, too. My four girls are grown now, but they still love to look through the albums to see what has happened in our family's life. The especially like to look at their baby photos~

The only way I have saved my photos is on line at Google photos. I wish I had the time to scan the photos and save to a disc.

Oh, it would just kill me if my photo albums were destroyed.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

vandynegl from Ohio Valley on July 22, 2014:

These are great ideas! I like that you write the dates on the sides of the albums! That is something that I need to do!

I also kept photos of my husband and I when we first started dating (and the concert tickets, etc.)

I now have about 4 albums filled since my children were born (oldest is 6). They look through them frequently because it is SO much more fun than trying to look on my camera!

I have entered the digital age with the use of a nice camera as well as the pictures on my cell phone; HOWEVER, nothing takes the place of an actual album! I will continue with physical pictures as long as I can. I want to teach my children the importance of memories.

Personally, I like to have backup pictures somewhere, such as digital storage or copies of favorites in a fireproof safe! I know too many people who lost their photos due to natural disasters or fires. It is a relief when there is a second place for them.

Thank you for sharing!!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 22, 2014:

Hi Au fait. I like your suggestion about putting our photos onto a disc. I really should look into that. One of my daughters bought a scanner so I could scan my old photos onto my computer, but the thought of removing hundred of photos and scanning them is just overwhelming.

I do use Google to store the photos I have taken the past few years.

Thank you so much for your interest in my family albums, and I appreciate your votes and your shares. My best, Mary

C E Clark from North Texas on July 21, 2014:

Agree with everything you say here. The one thing I would add is that keeping digital copies on discs is also a good idea in addition to the albums. That is because you can keep those discs in different places so that if a fire or tornado would destroy your home and albums, you will still have your photos to make new albums. Unlikely a tornado or fire will destroy your home and anywhere else you are keeping your discs. There are also websites that will let you store your photos online, but I prefer the discs.

Voted up, AUI, pinned to Awesome HubPages, and will share.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 11, 2014:

When I downsized from my home of 25 years into a tiny apartment, I worried about my family albums, and where would they go. One of my four daughters had some space, and now they are safely in her home where my family can still see and enjoy them.

Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2014:

True, family photograph albums are my treasures too!

I have taken great care of these invaluable memories and sometimes we do have long sessions going through them.

Wonderful hub!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 27, 2014:

Hi, PegCole I always told my children if the house should catch fire, get the family albums out and to a safe place. They could never be replaced! My grown children still like to look through the old albums and enjoy them.

Thanks for the visit and the comment. Mary

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 27, 2014:

These are things your family will cherish for years to come so much more than your jewelry or furniture. How organized and consistent you've been in keeping up with the family photos. Admirable and so worth it. That's a time consuming but delightful job. We've had such beautiful memories refreshed when going through our family's albums.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 25, 2014:

Hi, Bobbi, I had one problem: when I had to downsize from my big house into a small apartment a year ago, I did not have the space for all my albums. One of my daughters took the albums and will keep them safe for our family, and I'm thrilled about that.

Yes, these albums are very important to me and my family,

My best, Mary

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on May 25, 2014:


What a magnificent way to keep your family history going from one generation to the next. I know your family thinks you are wonderful, because I certainly do.

Thanks and I will work on mine some more.

Bobbi Purvi

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 23, 2013:

Hi, midget38. Family is so important, I think. I am in the process of scanning hundreds of photos for my family to be able to keep copies of all these photos.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting and sharing, Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 23, 2013:

Coming in to say that this is a little, but truly important thing to do to preserve family culture. Thanks for sharing!

Anna Haven from Scotland on February 12, 2013:

Pleased to meet you too Mary :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 11, 2013:

Hi, Anna Haven. So nice to "meet " you! Thanks for reading about my family album. Yes, I have found that by making an annual album, it's easier to find a certain event we are looking for.

I'm happy you will try my idea for 2013. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Anna Haven from Scotland on February 11, 2013:

Hi this is a great hub and such good advice. We takes lots of pictures of all the important family stuff and althought most is kept on digital backup I do put some in albums, I had never thought to do an album a year, that's a really good idea :) Thankyou I will be trying that for 2013.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 03, 2013:

Hi, midget38. My digital camera stopped working a few weeks ago and I had to send it back to Olympus for repair. I was lost without it for a couple of weeks. Family photographs are so important to me. I wish I were a better photographer!

Thank you so much for the share of my Hub, my friend. Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Am sharing this one today because a recent contact has spurred a renewed interest in photography! Thanks for sharing!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 04, 2013:

Hi, noel autor. I apologize for being so tardy in thanking you for your nice comment. It somehow got into my spam box and I just found it! Anyway, thank you, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 04, 2012:

Hi, Trish89. I'm happy that you appreciate the importance of keeping family photos in an album. There is just nothing like opening an album, and all the wonderful memories just pour out, don't they?

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary

Trish89 on December 04, 2012:

Having an actual photo album is a necessity for me. I'm young and everybody is always shocked I have them, I guess they expect me to have electronic ones where you just insert your memory card out of your camera. NO WAY!! I love having it to pull out and look at and reminisce.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 03, 2012:

Hi, shai77. So nice "to meet" you today. Thanks for reading my Hub on the importance of keeping a family album, and I agree with you. These photos are precious memories, our albums are truly our family's history.

Thanks so much for reading and for the votes, Mary

Chen on December 03, 2012:

Too true, too true. Photos are such precious memories, and once they're gone, that's it. They should be treasured, but sometimes all that scrapbooking rage can seem a bit fussy. Some people just want to keep their photo history. Great job on this hub, too! VU & useful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 14, 2012:

Hi, Kris Heeter. Your family is lucky to have someone take charge of making the family album. It is not an easy job, but it's one of those jobs that you are so glad someone cared enough to make the album.

Thank you for the nice compliment on my Hub, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 14, 2012:

Hi, dwachira. Thanks for reading my Hub on family albums and how important they are. I'll bet you were so happy to have found that photo of you when you were 3 yrs. old. My family never tires of looking at our family photos.

Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary

Kris Heeter from Indiana on November 14, 2012:

I love looking back through our family albums from time to time. I'm not very good and making them myself, so for Christmas each year, that's what I put on my wishlist and I can usually count on someone in the family to make one for me. Very nice hub:)

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on November 14, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Wow! beautiful memories. I lately stumbled on a photo of me that was taken when i was 3 years old, i spent a full one hour looking at it and asking myself many questions, best of all, i did appreciate my parents for having kept the photo that long. Photos are dear and powerful and they do speak in a way we can never tell....hey i like that graduation photo, you and the pet...beautiful. Voted up and shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 01, 2012:

Hi Joyce. It's good you have preserved your photos on the computer. I stored some of mine that way, then my computer crashed. Now I put them over onto a memory stick so they can't be lost forever. My method now is to take the digital photos, load them onto the computer, then to the memory stick. I take the memory stick to Walgreens and have copies made for the albums. Sounds like a lot work, but it's worth it.

Thanks for the the vote, Mary

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on November 01, 2012:

We have just taken all our photo's out of totally heavy albums and put them on the computer. Sorry but that's our choice.

Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 01, 2012:

Hi tiffany delite. I do hope maybe I have inspired you to get those photos and keepsakes out of the basement and into an album. It will be a project worthwhile.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on November 01, 2012:

thank you so much for this i was reading it, i was thinking about all of the family pictures and little keepsakes that i have. unfortunately, they are all in a box in the basement! one of these will get that out and organize it and put them all into albums. what a project that will be...blessings!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 14, 2012:

Hi, Your Cousins. Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub about Family Albums. I do think it is very important to keep these albums for the family to enjoy for years to come. I enjoyed reading your Hub on how you did an album for your Grandmother.

If someone in our family wants to "borrow" a photo from an album, I put a sticky note in that page to let me know where to return the photo. I really don't like my photos leaving my house, cause I'm afraid something will happen to it

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on October 14, 2012:

I love the way you meticulously chronicle your family history through photographs. What a priceless collection.

You are so right in your observation that during this digital age, many of us have stopped printing photos. And, the problem that my family has is "borrowing" a photo for a project or special event and not returning it to its original album. This makes it hard to locate that photo later on. I wish I had the stamina to do a table of contents and follow-up to make sure the photos are returned to their place.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 06, 2012:

Hi, Luna B. It's so nice to meet you! I'm happy you liked my Hub on the importance of keeping a family album. You mention keeping your photos on your computer. Oh dear, if it crashes, would you loose your photos? Have you considered a flash drive to store them on?

I hope I have inspired you to start keeping an album for your photos.

NO, I didn't know you could still buy cloth diapers! The always came in handy for lots of chores.

Hope to see you again, soon. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 06, 2012:

Good Morning, Cogerson. Nice to see you today! Thanks for reading my Hub on family albums. We all love to look through them (and laugh)! I must admit I get a little behind sometimes, especially if there is a new event in the family like my Great granddaughter's birth last year, but I try.

Thanks so much for the share and the Tweet. I appreciate that, Mary

Lindsay Blenkarn from Nashville, TN on October 05, 2012:

This is a wonderful Hub and I agree that keeping a physical family album is very important. I hate depending solely on my computer to preserve my photos. Having a physical "backup" is essential if you want to pass photos on to future generations. Computers aren't reliable and programs you use to preserve photos digitally now may not be compatible with computer systems of the future. Plus, books are so much fun/easier to flip through! :) I really admire your vigilance at keeping up with your albums! You have a valuable collection. I really need to do the same with my scattered photos. Thanks so much for writing this. Voted up!

Side note: you mentioned cloth diapers in one of your photo descriptions and I thought it might interest you to know that they actually do still sell them! They make special clippy things to use instead of safety pins and they sometimes cross-market them as general mult-purpose burp cloths but . . . yup! Go to Target's baby section & you'll still see packages of good old-fashioned cloth diapers. ;)

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on October 05, 2012:

A very impressive collection of photo albums...I can only imagine all the memories in that book case. Sadly I did not do a very good job of taking many photos of my oldest children....but we are making up for it with our younger ones we have currently.

Looking at your hub...I kept thinking of the many albums that are in a closet at my mom's house......and it makes me want to drive over there and check those photos out.

Voted up and awesome.....shared and tweeted. Job well done.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 08, 2012:

Hi Millionaire Tips. My next expense if going to be to buy a photo scanner. I sure could have used one to do this Hub. I wouldn't have had to take a photo of the photos in the old albums.

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 08, 2012:

Hi, MelChi. I find I can keep up with my album if I just order prints as I load the photos on the computer. That way I don't get behind. Then as soon as I get the photos, I put them in the album.

Thanks for reading and for the votes, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 08, 2012:

Hi RolyRetro, thank you so much for reading about my family albums. I like that program you are sharing. I'm not familiar with that. Picassa has a feature that allows you to put photos on their website, but I still like a tangible album that can be look at and shared. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 08, 2012:

Hi Jools99. I do hope I have inspired you to finish putting together your family album. I think this is so important to do. They are precious memories!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Shasta Matova from USA on September 08, 2012:

What a treasure trove you have there with your annual photo albums! I am so impressed. Thanks for letting us take a peek at them. I too have kept photo albums, but when I was trying to move them from the magnetic pages, I wanted to scan them first and then I got digital photos. I have printed many of the digital photos and have finished most of the scanning, and now have them in photo boxes. Well done with treasuring the photographs and with providing us this hub to remind us to put our photos in books.

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on September 08, 2012:

There is nothing more valuable in any house (other than other life) than photos and albums. I've only recently started putting one together, and it takes some dedication to keep adding to them as it's so easy these days to keep everything electronically on the computer or cellphones. But, I'm going to keep at it and use some of your wonderful tips.

Thanks for sharing your photo album advice! Voted up - interesting - useful - awesome!

RolyRetro from Brentwood, Essex, UK on September 08, 2012:

It's so difficult to maintain an album when so many of our pictures are now digital and stored online. I have recently become a convert to the online photo services that allow you to create and print a unique album of your favourite shots, which are then turned into a printed book.

We are now going back through our electronic pictures and capturing special events in printed form.


Jools Hogg from North-East UK on September 08, 2012:

Mary, excellent hub. You have convinced me that I need to continue with a job I started (but did not finish) a year ago. It seems so daunting when I see how many photos we have but I am now determined to complete the task. These are important memories and I am neglecting them.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 23, 2012:

Hi unknown spy. So nice to see you today! Oh, my, what a terrrible thing to happen to have lost your photos. I would just die if anything every happened to my albums.

I'm so glad you liked my Hub on my family albums, Mary

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 23, 2012:

i really love to keep photo albums..but then we used to be NPA. (no permanent address..) hehe all my collections were ruined and lost.. great hub!love it

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 19, 2012:

Good Morning, midget38! Yes, aren't those prices in the old menu amazing? I do think it's important to keep a family album or some way to preserve photos. I'm shopping now for a photo scanner so I can scan my old photos into the computer.

Too bad you lost your convocation photos: can never be replaced, I know.

Thanks for readning and commenting, Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 18, 2012:

Wow....wonderful pieces of history, Mary!! I am amazed at the prices!! They would've been really great during those days. You're really amazing for having done this and it also shows that you care so much about the people around you!! I know what you mean by the need to keep an album because I lost my convocation photos to overexposure of negatives when I graduated and was really upset over that. It's a loss of a valuable memento. Learned my lesson though, to be more conscious of such things and your hub is a wonderful reminder. Thanks so much, my dear!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 15, 2012:

Hi pringoooals, thanks for reading about my family abums. I agree: they are so much fun to look at them with the family.

Thanks for the vote, too . Mary

Karina from Edinburgh on August 15, 2012:

I agree Mary. We absolutely love family photographs and we make album every so often. We have great fun looking at them together after a while. Voted up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 13, 2012:

Hi, Vinaya Ghimire, I'm happy your parents have kept a family album. I do treasure mine like gold!

Thanks for reading my Hub, Mary

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on August 13, 2012:

My parents have photograph albums, which they have treasured like a coveted prize. Looking at the pictures in their albums gives me vicarious thrill.

mmsu from Pakistan on August 10, 2012:


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 10, 2012:

Hi, Gail, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my family albums. I'm glad you make albums. Even though it does take time and effort, they are well worth it, I think.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share, I appreciate that, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 10, 2012:

Hi, mmsu. Thanks for reading and commenting on my family albums. I'm sure you appreciate all the time and effort your parent have put into making all these albums. Mary

mmsu from Pakistan on August 10, 2012:

Great hub:) Absolutely agree with you.My parents have kept loads of such albums.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on August 10, 2012:

This is a great hub and I agree that having physical albums to hold and share has benefits that just viewing digital versions doesn't. I also love the fact that you are retaining digital photos in addition to the albums.

I have many family photo albums of the kind you mentioned here (although I never got organized enough to keep them on a yearly basis) and more recent albums are the 3 ring binders that you suggested.

Am voting this hub up across the board and sharing it.

Hub Hugs,


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 09, 2012:

Hi, healthylife2. Most people now have their photos on the computer or just out there in cyberspace. If your computer crashes, what will happen to all of your photos? I do hope I have inspired you to make a family album. That way you will always have your photos, and it is a fun hobby.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

healthylife2 on August 09, 2012:

We have the majority of our family pictures on the computer. You just inspired me to make an album. I think an album is easier to view and will be a fun hobby!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 05, 2012:

Hi MartieCoetser, I'm happy you agree on the importance of keeping family albums. Sounds like you keep everything: just like I do. I keep report cards, thank you, Christmas cards, etc.etc. They are all precious to me.

It is hard to keep the album updated, but it's well worth it.

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that. Mary

Martie Coetser from South Africa on August 05, 2012:

I am a keen creator of family albums of all kinds - For pictures, reports, certificates and all achievements. Thank you for reminding me that it is high time for me to update them all.

Voted up, awesome and inspiring :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 02, 2012:

Hi girishpuri, thanks so much for reading about my family album, and for the nice compliment. You are so right; when I look through our family albums it is good as a tonic. I never thought of it that way, but you are absolutly correct.

Goodnight, Mary

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 02, 2012:

Such a nice hub, i have all my memories, including my honeymoon, birthdays, parties, children events etc. and believe it works as a tonic, when ever i want to relieve, awesome hub, thanks

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 01, 2012:

Hi moonlake. So nice to see you! You have done a wonderful thing to make copies of family photos for your children and granddaughter. I'm sure they appreciate your doing that. I do have my old scrapbooks that are falling apart. The paper just crumbles now. That's going to be my next project. Thanks so much for the vote!

Goodnight, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 01, 2012:

Hi teaches12345, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Family Albums. You are such a creative person, I'm sure your albums are wonderful. We all enjoy our "memory books".

Good to see you, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 01, 2012:

Hi, ChristieWrites, Thanks for reading and commenting on my Family Albums. I really enjoy putting these albums together, and my family enjoys looking at them.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share. I appreciate that, Mary

moonlake from America on August 01, 2012:

Such a nice hub. Loved looking at your pictures. Years ago I made each of our kids and my oldest granddaughter an album with all the family pictures in them. I took old pictures of grandparents and had reprints made so each one had a picture of some relatives they never got to know and they all got their own baby pictures. I also have a scrapbook for all bits and pieces we have picked up through our life.

Voted up and more on your hub.

Dianna Mendez on August 01, 2012:

I have several of these albums and I do look through them periodically. It is so important to keep the family pictures from the past so that you can see how much people have changed for the good.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 01, 2012:

You make good arguments Mary for keeping albums and putting together family photos. I have a few but no recent ones. The albums could be a new project :) I vote up and sharing too.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 01, 2012:

Good Morning, theLyricwriter. Good to see you! Wow! 50 albums a year! I hope your Mother has lots of shelves....I'm running out of space for mine. I enjoy reading that menu, too. Wonder what a steak will cost in another 40 years???

Does your Mom keep photos of all your beautiful tattoo photos?

Thanks for the votes!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on July 31, 2012:

We try to keep up with our photos all the time. My mother does 50 albums a year. No lie. She is picture crazy. Most of them are of her grandkids. This was a great article Mary. A family album is very valuable. Loved the menu Mary! Wow, how times have changed. Great job, voting this up and useful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 31, 2012:

Hello Hyphenbird, so nice