A scanner company recently published an interview with FamilySearch’s Michael Benson, an imaging services operations Manager in their Record Division. Some interesting tidbits:
- The Genealogical Society of Utah, as FamilySearch used to be called, helped pioneer standards in the microfilm industry.
- They are using nextScan FlexScan microfilm scanners when they can digitize microfilm on site in archives.
- In one case FamilySearch is utilizing a volunteer who uses his motorhome as a mobile scanning center.
- They recently adopted the Nikon D800 digital camera for taking color images.
Read the entire article on the nextScan website.
I’m glad that FamilySearch is moving towards color. Color is an important part of genealogical record analysis. Take this marriage license from FamilySearch.org. (Click to see a larger image.)
What can be learned from the colors in this certificate that would have been lost if this had been photographed in black and white?
As long as we’re in analysis mode, what parts of Percival and Alberta’s story does this record tell that could easily be overlooked? As with any record, the more you understand about a place, the more you can pull out of its records.
Ancestry.com is also using color cameras. Take a look at this example. What can be learned from the colors?
Can you imagine how awesome it would be if FamilySearch, or Ancestry.com, or NARA went back to the early, extant Federal Censuses and re-photographed them in color? All those out-of-focus, or overwritten names brought back to life in vivid color? Wow. How can I convince one of you to do this?
But I digress…
Darned, wonderful color images!