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Document Scanning

document scanningOne innovation that has made the world much easier is document scanning. Scanners benefit everyone, from family history consultants to doctors and businessmen and teachers. Everyone benefits from document scanning. Many people prefer not to carry around their original birth certificate and social security card, which is probably an intelligent choice. Sometimes, however, people need those documents for things like getting new jobs, traveling, visiting a doctor’s office for the first time, or even getting on a cruise ship.

Most people would rather not have their basic information in their pocket when they are walking around New York City or Madrid because there is always a risk of getting robbed or pick-pocketed, and that is a realistic concern no matter what city it is. Most people prefer not to carry around the most important documents they have with them. Thanks to the advent of document scanning and copy machines, people no longer have to carry around sensitive documents when they go to the doctor or stop at a security checkpoint at a country’s border.

There are times when the original document is necessary, but most of the time a copy works. Document scanning has also changed the world for people interested in studying geneaology and family history. When there are hundreds or even thousands of years of family names and histories to search through, having the ability to scan and organize documents electronically is vital. Many people need family history to either organize memoirs, write a book, or just have a better organized family legacy to leave behind, and before document scanning was available, this was a difficult task.

People used to organize boxes and boxes of unlabeled family pictures and stories as well as newspaper articles and journal entries, all in effort to learn more about their past and where they come from. While having the physical artifacts like Great Great Grandma’s hand-quilted blankets or doilies is special, the rest of the information is best organized electronically. Many websites and programs are designed to make the family history quest much simpler. While some research is still required to find the names and dates, pictures and stories and journal entries can now be scanned and organized on the computer.

That way, the history and legacy can be shared with everyone who has an email account or computer rather than just the person with the boxes of photos in their hands. Families can now carry on their legacy much easier than ever before. Now a mother can scan journal entries or photos or even drawings and artwork that her grandmother made, so that all future generations at least have a copy.

Sure, it is different to see a picture of Grandpa’s hand-carved lamp than to actually own it, but even just a scanned photo can give future generations an idea of what skills Grandpa had. People in older generations lived completely different lives than children do now; back then they played with rocks or marbles or baseball bats made out of carved trees from the back yard. Kids in more modern days play video games and watch TV and most underappreciate the outdoors that their own grandparents and great grandparents appreciated so much.

This is why learning about a family’s history can be so important; simple document scanning of pictures and stories can help a family member’s legacy live on for decades to come. Document scanning is important and vital for much more than just family history. Most every business including hospitals, banks, schools, and even churches use document scanning to keep records of attendance and health records and things like that. The ability to have electronic copies rather than paper ones has greatly benefitted the world.

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