Most of my parents' childhood pictures exist as old Kodak 35mm slides. This old format isn't ideal for photos because the slides degrade with time, and you need a slide projector to view them. I looked into slide scanning services from Walgreens and a few other reputable local and online stores, but they were all cost-prohibitive (the lowest I found was 50 cents per slide).
Because the services were expensive, I looked into purchasing a slide scanner. I read good things about the Ion Audio SLIDES 2 PC, a product which digitizes 35mm slides or film negatives. When I saw it on Woot, I bought one.
The SLIDES 2 PC is easy to set up and use. Install the driver and software from the included CD, then plug the small upright scanner into a USB port. Fill the slide tray with up to three 35mm slides, then start the included Photo Impressions 6 software. This software is pretty basic, but it's fine for previewing, scanning, and simple editing. Since the scanned slides are JPEG or TIF files (your choice), you can use your own photo editing software.