Posted: 11/12/2014 at 08:24
I feel exactly the same Lynn. A few years ago I inherited photos & also my great grandfather's Victorian / Edwardian glass slides - which included a lot of family pictures from abt 1890 to 1910. They had been in the loft for years.
I embarked on the mammoth task of scanning all the old family photos plus the glass slides (had to buy a special scanner for the slides).
Once I had digital copies I was able to copy & store them in lots of different places including cloud storage and was also able to distribute the digital images around the family.
Since then I have spent time cleaning & restoring some of the damaged digital photos and also had a really nice collection of photos printed out and put into an album for a special present for my brother.
I would still hate to lose my original photos, albums and slides but I sleep much easier knowing that I will always be able to get a copy of everything if the worst should happen & it has been nice to share everything with interested members of the family