In a remarkable new program led by photo organization expert, Kathy Stone of Calgary Photo Solutions. Kathy will share her own journey of preserving and sharing the stories in her own photos, prints, and family heirlooms.
Join Kathy Stone on her journey of preserving and sharing stories through her personal collection of photos, prints, and family heirlooms.
With decades of experience as a professional trainer and photo organizer for the legendary families of the Canadian Rockies, Kathy Kathy can offer special insight to help you quickly overcome obstacles and "get to the good part."
Given the mountain of work that seems to overwhelm so many of us looking at family history projects, Kathy can be your "sherpa over mount inertia."
Kathy has been a long-time Ponga member. See more of her contributions to the community here.
As part of Ponga's Zoomin' series in 2021, US Army Veteran, archivist, and photographer Amberly Russell, Preservation Services Manager at Permanent brought her unique set of skills to the challenge of talking to loved ones about their experiences in the armed services.
This month, we welcomed a very special guest in honor of Family History Month, Tami Mize of ConferenceKeeper.org and Relativelycurious.com. During this hour-long session, Tami shares the importance of retelling family stories and how she's been using Ponga to connect with her own stories and share what she's learned through her genealogical research. She shares family stories that connect her to not only Jonathan apples, but also Ivory soap and the Queen of England.
We were thrilled to welcome Karen Ray of RememberingTheTime to our Zoomin' on Ponga series with “Tips & Techniques for Storytelling on Ponga.” Karen Ray brings her unique perspective on family storytelling to Ponga as a member herself. As our guest speaker, Karen talked about her process with fun interactive exercises and suggestions for ways you might use Ponga in different ways.
This was the summer 2021 version of a series of open conversations for Ponga members, their guests, and those new to Ponga. Conversations, questions, and suggestions flow as everyone joins in on an open conversation sharing ideas, stories, product feedback, and building community. For more articles about using Ponga, see Tips & Tricks articles and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
On Friday, July 30, 2021, we were honored to have Kathy Stone of calgaryphotosolutions.ca, the Calgary-based, professional photo organizer and archivist, talk about how she dug into her own family stories using Ponga. During the hour-long session attended by participants from around the world, Kathy shared her family pictures and how she was able to use Ponga to associate documents, postcards and other artifacts relevant to the stories passed down to her in her family. Kathy's graciously invited viewers to her pictures to explore the details.
Victoria shares her special strategy for turning a photo book into an interactive Ponga album. This discussion builds on her posts at Ponga Tips & Tricks. To explore the album, request an invitation at victoriaspress.com
Final episode - Part 4 - Expectations and Examples: In this 4 part series, I am going to show you how to create an online family tree using a handful of programs, House Elves Anonymous, Canva.com, Ponga.com and Permanent.org, that will give you a permanent place to track, attach sources and memories, and share with others in a format that is easy to create and understand—secure and private.
The sharing of an old photograph, and a memory, isn’t a popularity contest, or a “what-ya think” moment. It’s not about the number of hearts or likes it collects. Leave that to social media and random current event images. Sharing an old photograph, can and should be the starting point for a walk down memory lane. Or perhaps the discrete reveal of stories shared with one relative but not to another.
As we share the details we find in pictures, clues lead from one story to the next. Connecting the dots with context and memories we soon reconnect as a family. Having reached out to my tier-one and tier-two relatives, siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews, I experienced pure unadulterated joy. Their comments, remembrances, and reconnections have been beyond amazing. I invited my family to the storyboard albums I’d created, …Then… I remembered Myrna. The game was afoot!
Following these steps will help you get your photos in order. Once you have the physical artifacts organized, you can digitize your collection and will be ready to get your digital collection into Ponga where you automatically organize them by person and start sharing your photos and the stories that go with them.
How does identifying the individual(s) in one photograph benefit my research? It’s more than curiosity. I want to be able to tell those individuals’ stories! I want to know the family stories contained within those old family photographs.