Organising your old photo collection

It’s taken me some 22 years to get 4 major family photo collections in order – my own up to when I got married; my wife’s and her forebears up to when she married me; the photos we have collected over 35 years of marriage; and my parent’s entire photo collection including those passed on from their forebears. In total, this amounts to around 18,000 photos, slides and movies. The digitised versions of these items take up about 63Gb of computer file storage (of which about 12Gb is taken up by the 90 or so videos).

Throughout this work, I’ve tried to derive the most effective ways of organising, indexing and storing the material, and many of these insights are recorded in this blog. However, now that I’ve finished, I’ve summarised my preferred overall approach in an article published in the Spring 2016 edition of the Watermead Village View magazine. The templates referred to in the article can be downloaded from the links below:

Photo Index Template v2.0 – 21Feb2016

Slip-in Tabs Template v2.0 – 21Feb2016 (try looking at this in Print Preview)

If you want to read more detail about my experiences and suggestions, try looking at the earlier entries in this blog. If you have questions or comments, feel free to provide them here or to email me directly at

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