Jan 27

Thrifty Thursday : Document Copies

Being digital active can save researchers bundle of money and time. Before the day of the digital camera and other digital hardware, we were at the mercy of the cost of obtaining a paper copy of an image and the paper copying equipment. For those of us who travel afar to great research repositories such as the Family History Center, the National Archives in Washington, DC, etc. we were also subject to the extra cost for over-weight luggage on our flight home or the cost of shipping that paper home and praying that our treasures would make it to our home destination safely.

But that’s no longer true. I may be preaching to the choir, but there are several opportunities available including the digital cameras. Today when I go into the original document room of a repository and researchers are allowed to use their personal camera (turning off the flash capability), I come home with hundreds of images, generally for $0.00 copying expense.

Digital cameras are relatively inexpensive depending upon number of ways we intend to use them. I’ve purchased a couple over the past ten years and have been fortunate to take wonderful tombstone images; scenes from the homelands of my ancestors; great document images; and micro images of dainty wild flowers (another passion of mine).

Caveat: Although I’ve posted a couple of images to gussy up this post, I, in no way shape or form, recommend either of these products. Each individual needs to do his own research (including suggestions from colleagues) before purchasing a digital camera that will work best for him.

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