One of the exhibitors at RootsTech was E-Z Photo Scan. The company invited all attendees to bring their family pictures, documents, and any memorabilia that can be digitized, for free scanning on site. I took advantage of the offer and brought along about four dozen old family photographs from the 1890s and early 1900s.
For pictures, the company used Kodak Picture Saver Scanning Systems photo scanners, models PS50 & PS80. Using other hardware, the operation was able to digitize slides as well as pictures and printed documents, including books. The photo scanners can digitize up to 85 photos per minute (that’s fast!) and also can double as a scanner for treasured documents, too. The slide scanner can digitize up to 15 slides per minute. A film scanner was also available.
Images digitized by E-Z Photo Scan can be saved in a number of different file formats or even saved directly to your smartphone. It also can load scanned photos directly into FamilySearch.org. In fact, another service center, called the Scannx Photo ScanCenter, was installed recently at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
E-Z Photo Scan’s parent company scans millions of photographs and documents for companies all over the United States. The company also sells and rents scanning equipment. However, the E-Z Photo Scan division works primarily with consumers.
The above photo is of my great-grandfather Josiah Dow of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, along with two unidentified people and what I assume was the family dog. I believe this photo was taken in the 1890s or very early 1900s. (Josiah Dow died in 1906.) This photo was one of my 50 or so old photos scanned by E-Z Scan at RootsTech2016. The original photo is faded and has “speckles.” The above is an unedited scan of the original photo. It obviously needs some touch-up work with a photo editor.
If you would like to digitize some of your treasured photographs, you can wait for RootsTech next year in hopes that E-Z Photo Scan will be there again and will make the same free offer. Of course, you do not have to wait. The company will digitize your photos, slides, books, and documents for a fee at any time. Go to EZPhotoScan.com to find more information.
One service of the company that appeals to many genealogy societies, museums, historical societies, and others is to rent scanners for a few days. If your organization has a large library, renting scanners for a short time may be a cost-effective solution, much cheaper than purchasing the hardware and then using it for only a few days. Another way of using this service is to have society members pool their resources, renting the equipment for a few days. Once the equipment arrives, the society can hold a “scanning party” in which all the members can bring their personal collections of pictures to be digitized.
E-Z Photo Scan rents picture and document scanners for $295 for 3 days or $425 for 7 days. That’s a lot cheaper than purchasing your own hardware. Similar savings can be made on slide scanners as well.
Whether you wish to purchase scanning equipment, rent it, or simply have the company digitize your pictures, negatives, and slides, you can learn more at E-Z Photo Scan’s web site at EZPhotoScan.com.