I spent quite a bit of time the last few months thinking about digitizing my genealogy papers. Currently, I am considering buying a sheet fed scanner due to the quantity of papers that I have both for genealogy and for my job. The two scanners I am looking at are the Kodak i1120 and the Xerox DocuMate 152. They both have OCR capabilities. I'm hoping that they will do the job well for the price. It's hard to tell. It would be nice to spend less. A flatbed scanner would work if the number of papers that you have isn't that much.
Some people scan all of their genealogy papers and only keep copies of original documents. Others make digital copies and keep almost all of their paper copies.
I listened to a presenter who said that he had 23 drawers of genealogy papers. He seemed quite happy to be moving to a digital system for his papers.
If you have a system at your office, you might ask them how they do it and any recommendations they have.
I took a class on genealogy organization online. It was my observation that the "digitizized" genealogists seemed happy with their organizational system. Whereas most of the people who had been doing genealogy for a period of time seemed frustrated with their multiple attempts to organized their ever growing collection of papers.
At this point, from what I have been able to learn, libraries and archives have the most experience with digitizing the types of paper (books and manuscripts)that a genealogist might use. Here is one site that gave the specifications they use when they scan books and documents:
I'm still searching for information on digitizing my genealogy. If you come across any good information, please post it.
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