Frustrated Working With Your Family Photos? Here’s What To Do.
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Have you ever been working on your
photos or family history and felt so frustrated trying to do something that
you were almost in tears and finally decided to just give up? I can relate because recently I
had a situation just like that. I’m Linda Sattgast with
familyhistoryhero.com and I
want to talk about what to do when you get frustrated and
can’t figure something out. And also about an opportunity coming up
to make 2020 the year you finally make it through those boxes of photos. [Music] I’m a morning person. So one morning recently I woke up
and even though it was still dark, I felt refreshed and ready to start
my day. My alarm hadn’t gone off yet, so I looked at my phone and I was
shocked to see it was only 1:48 in the morning. I get up early,
but not that early. So I tried to get back to sleep, but
after about an hour I said, forget it. I’m going to get up right now
and work on some scanning. So in my last video I showed you how to
turn papers or documents into PDFs that recognize type and turn it into
text you can copy and paste. That was the same scanner I was
planning to use that morning. But do you think I could get it to work? The scanning program was open on my
computer. I had a document ready to scan, but when I pushed the blue
button, nothing happened. So I kept trying and trying and it
just wouldn’t work. I knew my husband, Charlie could probably fix it, but he was asleep because by this time
it was only about 3:00 AM but I wanted to scan now. So I just kept trying
and got more and more frustrated. Finally, after wasting a bunch of
time, I gave up and said, I’ve had it. I just have to wait until Charlie
gets up. So as soon as he got up, I told him my dilemma and he dutifully
followed me to my office to rescue me, which he does a lot. So he came over to my computer and my
scanner and looked it over and then he reached behind my computer,
picked up a cord and said, “Would this help?” and
plugged it into my computer. I had this head slapping moment where I
realized I hadn’t actually plugged the scanner into my computer. Oh
my gosh, did I ever feel silly? But you know, I was more
grateful than embarrassed. How long would it have taken me
to figure that out? Eventually, yes, I would have figured it out, but now I didn’t have to waste any more
time and I could get right to scanning. So what does this have to do with
you? If you’re watching this video, it’s probably because you
care about your family photos. But as every family historian knows, dealing with them can sometimes be as
frustrating as my experience that morning where you hit a wall and you try to
get through it or over or around it and nothing works. So what can you do when you reach
that place of utter frustration? Let me suggest three possibilities. First, you can keep slogging and given enough
time and effort you may eventually figure it out. But if it’s too frustrating
and taking too long, it’s also possible you may simply give up.
Now in Disney movies, there’s always a hero who
has a quest. Along the way, the hero encounters problems that have
to be solved to be successful fulfilling that quest. Usually somewhere in the movie the hero
wants to give up or actually decides to give up and all of us watching are
saying, no, no, you can’t give up. You’ve got to keep going.
We’re rooting for them, right? When it comes to our
boxes of family photos, you and I are the hero on a quest.
Some of us were born for this. I’ve considered myself the
family historian since I
got a diary at the age of 10 but some of us were dragged into the
role of family historian by default. We were the ones who inherited the
boxes of photos from both sides of the family, but either way, all of us, myself included at one time or another,
have wanted to say, “I give up! This is too hard. I’m too frustrated!” And we simply have
a choice to either keep trying or throw in the towel. The second option when
you get frustrated is to ask for help. Find someone who’s already done it or
has a skill you don’t have and ask for help for the specific thing
you’re struggling with. A great place to do this is the
Family History Hero Facebook page. You’ll find the link
to it below this video. I’m here to help you and so are other
family historians just like you. And together we represent a lot of wisdom
and knowledge from having been there and done that. So before
you get too frustrated, go to the Family History Hero
Facebook page and ask for help. And while you’re there I invite
you to like the page and follow it. And finally consider using
a guide. In Disney movies there’s always a guide somewhere along
the way who gives the hero directions or wisdom or support because
here’s the problem. Sometimes you don’t even know
what to ask. Case in point. After Charlie helped me with my scanner, he watched me set up the next scan and
then very nicely asked me a question. He said, “Are you open to me teaching
you a shortcut for naming
your scans?” Well sure. So he showed me and what?! I’ve
been doing it the long way, all this time taking about three
more times than I needed to take? Who knew? That’s what a guide can do
for you, for family history heroes, like you, your guide can be a
class or a guided challenge. Now we have a new year coming
up and not just any new year, it’s a new decade. So I thought it would be appropriate to
have a challenge for all of you family history heroes. So stay tuned because I’ll be telling
you more about it soon and you can decide whether you want to keep doing exactly
what you’ve been doing or whether you want to launch into the new year with
the skill and motivation to deal with all your boxes of photos in one year and
make 2020 the year you actually get it done. So stay tuned for
more information about that. So let’s wrap this up. When you get frustrated while
working on your family photos, you can keep trying to
figure it out on your own. Or you can ask for help in our Family
History Hero Facebook group. And again, you’ll find the link below. Be sure to bookmark it so it’s
easy to find when you need it. And finally you can get help from a guide. So stay tuned to hear more about that. This is Linda Sattgast
with Family History, hero.com where we show you how to turn
your boxes of photos into easy to share family stories.

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