FamilySearch Announces a New, Free Family Photo and Document Scanning and Preservation Service

FamilySearch has equipped more than 2,800 of its local family history centers in North America with new Lexmark MFP multifunction scanners and printers. Family history centers outside the U.S. will receive theirs in the near future. The Lexmark MFPs are easy to use and can digitally scan your documents and photographs quickly. Best of ll, the software from Lexmark that runs on the MFP lets the user scan their documents and photos directly into a free account where the documents and photos can later be tagged, explained, shared with others, or attached to ancestors in your free FamilySearch Family Tree. You can also save the digital copies to a thumb drive and take them home with you.

Details may be found in an article by Paul Nauta in the FamilySearch Blog at


What I’d really like to see is an online photo database, where all you’d need to do was give a family name and all pics with that name would show up.


I checked the websites of FHCs near where I live but I didn’t see any info about whether the any of the libraries had a MFP scanner. Is there a way to find that information online?


All of the North American (US and Canada) should have them. Call the local FHC and ask them, but I’d bet they have one. We’ve had one for over a year.


    I contacted both Family History Centers in Tucson, AZ and also the one in Mesa, AZ and none of these had the new Lexmark scanner. Is there a chance that one of them will get the scanner in the near future?


If you go to your local Family History Center and look at the window on the Lexmark copier you should see the Family Search tree icon. That icon showed up on our copier quite recently.


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