Sunday, December 14, 2008

Announcing Bookscanned.com

I am very proud to announce Bookscanned, a new website I have been working on for the past little while. Bookscanned is a place where you can upload your scanned genealogy books, and in so doing make them available to the world.

Why would you want to upload your dusty old genealogy books? When you upload a book, the website digitizes the text and makes it findable by Google and other search engines. By uploading your books you are making your ancestors findable. Maybe you can find a long-lost cousin, maybe you'll help a distant relative get started on their genealogy. It could even happen that someone with more information on your family will contact you and help you get more information!

Your families' genealogy book is likely one of a kind or from a very limited run of copies. What you have is a treasure chest of stories, genealogy information. By scanning and uploading your book, you are making a digital backup in case anything happens to it. You also make it possible for siblings to all have access to the book at the same time, and, if you're going to a library to do research, you can read the book online instead of having to lug the book around with you.

The name Bookscanned is a the combination of two word pairs: Book + Scanned and Books + Canned. Scanning books is what the site is about, but in a sense it's a place to can your books like you would fruits. Preserving your books for the future and making them easier to share.

Right now there are only two books on Bookscanned, both of them from our family library. I encourage any of you who have a genealogy or family history book to scan it and upload it for all to see. If you try it out, please let me know what you think and how I can improve the site.

Thanks!
Michael Moore

3 comments:

Lark said...

This looks great I will have to try it.

Lark said...

Ok, I am ready to scan a book how do I do it?

Michael said...

To upload a book, you'll need to first scan it to your computer. Do you have a scanner at home, and do you need help scanning the pages into your computer?

Please email me at stuporglue@gmail.com if you need help with scanning (or anything else!)

Once you have scanned book pages, you'll need to create an account on bookscanned.com. When you're logged into Bookscanned, you'll be able to visit the library and click the "Add a New Book" link. If it's not self-explanatory once you get to that point, let me know and I'll be sure to fix it!

Thanks,
Michael Moore