20 April 2012

Jamboree: Ancestry to Provide Free Scanning

The Scanners are Coming! 


We have a great announcement on behalf of our Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry.com. 

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree registered attendees can sign up for 30-minute scanning sessions on Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10, to be held during the exhibit hall hours. This is especially exciting for us because it's the only time this year, other than NGS in Cincinnati, that scanning is planned at a conference. Scanning was offered in 2010, and it turned out to be one of the most popular aspects of Jamboree that year! You won't want to miss this opportunity.

Sign Up Today for Scanning
Scanning-session signs-ups will open each morning—sign up Friday morning for a Friday time slot, Saturday morning for a Saturday time slot.

Will you be bringing items to scan? Please help us plan accordingly by registering here and letting us know how much and what you’ll be bringing. 

Scanning Details You’ll Want to Know
Document types accepted
  • We can scan any document type, but the maximum size supported is 22" by 15". Any type of photograph, including tintypes, is accepted. Unfortunately we can not scan slides.
  • More recent photographs or stable documents can be scanned at a much quicker rate on our high-speed scanner – meaning that you can have more documents scanned during your scanning session. Fragile or historical documents, photographs, bound books or albums and similar will be photographed.
  • Copyright and re-publishing rights for the material are strictly the responsibility of patrons, but we reserve the right to reject any document for any reason.
  • There is always a possibility that damage to older, more fragile documents may occur during the scanning process. Ancestry.com urges patrons to use their best judgment when choosing documents to be scanned.
Document preparation
  • Before your scanning session, please remove all staples, pins, and fasteners as well as any tape or sticky material from your photos and documents. These items can harm the scanning equipment.
  • Please sort all of your documents and pictures by size, largest to smallest, before entering your session. This will enable our scanners to more effectively finish your documents in the time allotted.
  • Photos mounted in an album will be digitized as a single image. Bound books do not need to be disassembled, but can be quite slow to digitize. Material stored in sleeves should be removed prior to the scanning session; materials remaining in sleeves will be digitized with the sleeves in place.
  • You will be able to sign up for a 30-minute time slot, on a first come, first served basis. This time slot will include any document preparation not completed prior to the scanning session, so proper document preparation is crucial (see above). 
  • Generally we can scan about 50 documents per person in a 30-minute slot, more if documents and photos are newer and/or not fragile.
  • Due to demand, we can accommodate only one scanning session per person during the conference.
  • The scanned files will be saved to a thumb drive (provided by Ancestry.com) and given to attendees for their own use.

Scanning will take place in the Producer A and B room, which is located directly across the hallway from the Tech Zone, at the end of the High-Tech Highway.  Signs will point the way.



Can high school year books be scanned?

David said...

I attended the Jamboree and discovered that the "scanning" service was NOT scanning, but photographing with digital camera. SCGS and ancestry.com should be very clear on the method used to digitize our old photos. Scanning and photographing are two completely different methods of capturing data. For the future, if it is offered again, please do not advertise this complimentary service as "scanning". Thanks!