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(+) Create Images of Old Documents and Photos: No Scanner Needed

26 Apr 2024 6:29 PM | Anonymous

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

Genealogists often have a need to make reproductions of old family documents, such as wedding certificates, military discharge papers, immigration documents, and especially of old photographs. Another common requirement is to make copies of pages in a book, be it a published genealogy book or entries from the book of deeds at a county courthouse. 

The most common method of making digital copies is to use a computer scanner. Scanners have worked well for thousands of genealogists. However, scanners are not always available at the time of need. Also, the owners of delicate documents, especially bound books, may not want the documents to be handled by placing them in a scanner. Finally, oversized documents, such as deed books and many certificates, are especially problematic. Many of the documents genealogists encounter do not fit nicely into a desktop scanner designed for use with 8-1/2-inch by 11-inch or A4 documents. Luckily, today’s technology offers several solutions.

Scanners are not the only way to create digital images. You may already own a great analog-to-digital image conversion tool. Perhaps you even carried it on your last family vacation. 

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