A couple of years ago I spent some time digitising all my 35mm slides - well, not exactly all - I often found that a roll of 35mm film had perhaps only one or two slides worthy of archiving.
The results were put on a CD using Picasa and the CD had a copy of Picasa to make viewing slide shows easier for those without Picasa. I copied the CD and distributed it to family members.
I've now started on the prints; when 35mm prints became cheaper I preferred prints to slides so I could avoid the use of a projector. My scanner has a half-decent slide scanner attachment, so I can scan prints, or preferably negatives at up to 4,800 dpi if available.
So there are the usual decisions to be made; without EXIF data I'll have to use a file numbering system of the sort 1989-07-25_france_dordogne.jpg so that they sort chronologically, and should I file high res TIFFs or low res JPGs? The exercise is quite a lot of work and I want it to be future proof.
So what storage format should I use? Already the use of optical drives is diminishing, and Apple are starting to ship computers without them. It's quite likely that in ten years time no-one will be able to read a CD or a DVD, even Blu-ray. The emphasis is on Cloud computing and network storage.
So I could upload the result of my work to Picasa or Flickr or Google Docs or DropBox, etc. and email the family with instructions on how to view my photos.
But I'm getting long in the tooth and will die in the relatively near future - and all my online storage, like me, will disappear in a puff of smoke.
So what is a good, future-proof way of storing family photos?