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The Best Portable Document Scanner

20 Jul 2021 9:18 PM | Anonymous

Genealogists love scanners. I often get asked, which is the best scanner? Or the best portable portable scanner? Occasionally, I get asked which is the best scanner for use on photographs?

As a single person writing lots of articles daily, I find it impossible to answer that question. I would have to purchase a number of scanners and then spend hundreds of hours testing all of them. As a sole author, I find that to be impractical. HOWEVER, there are other sources of data that have done exactly that with their teams of employees.

I am always leery of may "reviews" published online proclaiming that one product or another is the best. Many of these so-called "reviews" are actually thinly-veiled advertisements, written by someone who is actually promoting his or her employer's product.

Two sources I do trust for publishing factual and accurate online reviews or and They seem to always be impartial and describe things accurately. (Wirecutter is owned by the New York Times.)

To read about recommended portable scanners, take a look at,, and at:


  • 21 Jul 2021 7:01 AM | Anonymous
    Now that Raven scanners are available for import into Europe, I bought a Raven standard this year following your enthusiastic review last year. I am delighted with my purchase, both with the device and the ethos and support of Raven.

    So, I am wondering why Raven are not included in these reviews if they are supposed to be impartial?
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    • 21 Jul 2021 2:22 PM | Anonymous
      ---> So, I am wondering why Raven are not included in these reviews if they are supposed to be impartial?

      Because Raven scanners are not portable scanners.
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      • 21 Jul 2021 7:33 PM | Anonymous
        This article is about scanners, not just portable scanners. And the PCMag review is for "The Best Scanners for 2021". No mention of portable.
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  • 21 Jul 2021 12:07 PM | Anonymous
    The best portable scanner that I have used is my digital camera!! Portable and easy to use. I have a Nikon SLR but any digital camera with a decent amount of pixels will do the job. You can add a tripod if you don't feel you can hold steady enough. Download to your computer and use your photo software to improve if needed. I have used 2 cameras to memorialize all our documents at my church and now have them saved to the cloud in case something happens to the place where they're stored.
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