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Local center offers records preservation service

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Posted: July 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

A new, free family photo and document scanning and preservation service for patrons of the Valencia Family History Center was announced recently by center Director David McDonald.

Because of an agreement between FamilySearch International and Lexmark, patrons can now digitally preserve and share their printed historic family photos and documents using customized Lexmark multifunction products (MFPs) and preserve them on FamilySearch.org at no charge.

“We all have drawers and scrapbooks full of family photos, vital records and other keepsake correspondence from our ancestors,” said Penney Devey, FamilySearch director of worldwide patron and partner services. “These family artifacts are constant reminders of our heartfelt good intentions to someday preserve, organize, share or tell their hidden stories for posterity. We just don’t know where to start, how to do it, or feel we can’t afford it.”

FamilySearch has equipped the Valencia Family History Center with a new Lexmark MFPs, which allows the user to digitally scan documents and photos directly into a free FamilySearch.org account.

Once in the account, the documents can be tagged, explained and shared with others, or they can be attached to ancestors in a free FamilySearch Family Tree. The digital copies can also be saved to a thumb drive.

Photos and documents (up to 8.5 by 11 inches) can be digitally preserved at the Valencia Family History Center at 24443 McBean Parkway in Valencia, and a member of the all-volunteer staff will help set up a free account.

Patrons can also upload digital files of their family photos and historic documents directly at FamilySearch.org.
Call 661-259-1347 for information.

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