Thursday, August 25, 2016

IGS Offers Help with Digitizing Genealogy Records

The Indiana Genealogical Society has formed the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project to help Indiana non-profit organizations digitize local records. There are a wide variety of small records across Indiana - items like booklets, directories, programs and group photos. But these valuable records may be kept in hard-to-reach locations, like museums, churches, and even private homes. Unfortunately, many societies, museums, and libraries do not have the budget for digitization equipment. That's where the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project comes in.

This project will supply qualified Indiana non-profit organizations (including genealogical societies, historical societies, and public libraries) with a portable scanning kit, which consists of:
  • A Windows laptop computer with basic scanning and image-editing software installed
  • A flatbed scanner that can scan documents up to 8.5 inches x 11 inches
  • A carrying case
  • A storage device for backing up files (e.g. a USB flash drive or external hard drive)
If needed, IGS will go to the society's location and train individuals on how to use this scanning kit.

In return for receiving this scanning kit, the non-profit organization agrees that within 6 months, they will give IGS five databases that will be available free to the public on the IGS website. (The organization is free to also publish these same databases anywhere else they wish.) After the five required databases are submitted to IGS, the non-profit organization can keep the scanning kit and continue to use it as they wish.

Full details and the application form are available on the IGS website

This project is being partially funded by a $2,000 grant received from the Kahle Family Foundation in 2015.

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