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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Free Historical Book Scanning Service

Beginning at the Family History Expo on November 11, 12, 2011 in Duluth, Georgia (outside of Atlanta), FamilySearch will provide a free book scanning service. Quoting from the press release:

The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah is world renowned as the largest research collection under one roof anywhere in the world! You can access their collections through more than 3,000 FamilySearch Centers throughout the U.S.

At the Atlanta Family History Expo FamilySearch and the FHL are offering to scan your family/local history book for FREE and give you a digital copy on a flash drive provided by FamilySearch for your convenience, all at no cost to you. All you need to do is bring your book with you.
Benefits of scanning your book:
  • Share it with others easily and inexpensively
  • Have a copy of your book preserved by FamilySearch
  • Provide access to others who may share your ancestral lines by making the book available free of charge on
How it works:
  • Sign up and reserve your time for your book to be scanned (300 page limit)
  • If your book is copyrighted, print out and have the copyright holder sign the permission form in order in order for scanning to be performed
  • Bring your book and signed permission form to the FamilySearch Scanning booth on the day of your reservation (Please drop the book off before 10:00 am, if possible, to allow maximum time for scanning
  • Pick up your book and the digital copy on a flash drive provided by FamilySearch at the end of the day
Sign up online to reserve a day for your book to be scanned:
I understand that if this works in Georgia, the same service may be provided at the Mesa Family History Expo in January. I am a great proponent of making digitized copies of family history books available on the Internet. 

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