Photographs, heirlooms, and family stories are some of the tangible memories that we keep to remind us of our personal and family history. The resources on this page will help you think about ways to find and preserve the memories that describe your own personal and family history.
If you are viewing this page from home, you will need your Orange County resident library card to access some of the resources.
Our technology classes page provides a full listing of classes offered throughout the system.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Edgewater Branch
Learn about the functionality of Photoshop and explore the environment. Become familiar with using selection and editing tools. Recommended Audience: Adult #adobe
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Hiawassee Branch
Learn how to add layer styles, custom shapes, gradients, and photo filters. Become familiar with adding advanced effects to images. Recommended Audience: Adult. Recommended Prerequisite: Photoshop Level 2 #adobe
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Hiawassee Branch
Learn how to apply common image editing techniques used to retouch and restore photographs. Recommended Audience: Adult. Recommended Prerequisite: Photoshop Level 3
Preserving Your Memories YouTube Playlist
Library Online Resources
Explore our collection of online links to genealogy websites. Includes links to The U.S. GenWeb Project and other useful online resources.
Search United States Census records from 1790 to 1930, find local and family histories, and search PERSI (an index of genealogy periodicals). HeritageQuest Online is accessible from your home computer. For access to more resources, visit the Library to search our other genealogy database Ancestry Library Edition.
David Isay, founder of StoryCorps, visits the Orlando Public Library and talks about his oral history project and his book, Listening is an Act of Love.
This project was designed with the purpose of collecting personal stories, digital photographs, and unique memories from the people of Central Florida. Upload your own photos, recordings, and other memories to the collection or collaboratively edit and discuss content.
Adobe Photoshop Express
Edit and share photos with this free application. Crop pictures, adjust saturation and tint, and use basic effects on your photos then upload and share them through Photoshop.com.
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Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a digital voice recorder with this free application. Useful for interviews with friends and family or recording notes to yourself.
Memoires: The Diary
Capture your memories, notes, photos, and life's moments on the go with this free Android application. Detects location and automatically addresses your entries. Password protected and encrypted too for your privacy concerns.
Reunion for iPhone
This is a companion application ($14.99) for the iPhone and iPod Touch that syncs with the Reunion genealogy software for the Mac OS. This tool is especially useful for more advanced genealogists who are creating complex family trees.
These books offer basic instruction and tips for restoring, conserving, and presenting photographs and family artifacts.
The Orlando Public Library has an extensive print genealogy collection, but there are many online resources to help you research your family history, too. These books will help you use some of the online resources at the Orlando Public Library and on the Web.
Oral history projects span many topics. Browse these titles for books about these unique collections.
Find ideas and guides for starting your own scrapbook project. Also learn about using your computer for digital scrapbooks.
When you begin to write your family history, it may seem a bit overwhelming. Get ideas and guidance from the books on this list.
These online collections hosted by the Library of Congress include material from museums, universities, and historical societies that represent a "digital record of American history and creativity."
Browse digital photographs, documents, and artifacts collected in this digital library and archive project that explores Central Florida's history.
This is a unique project that documents the stories people share with their friends and family. One participant interviews the other while a StoryCorps representative facilitates and manages recording equipment.
Follow tweets from this genealogy magazine for tips, the latest articles, and interesting trends. Use the #genealogy tag to follow the most recent posts about this topic.
Organize and manage all your stored digital photos and videos. Brilliantly display them for family and friends to view.
Capture your saved thoughts, photographs, messages, and music on social media sites into an organized timeline that allows you to build and tell your stories. This web application works with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, WordPress.com and many more.