EATON — In February of this year, the Preble County District Library’s local history and genealogy room added a new, much-improved microfilm reader. More recently, the Preble County Room has added the ability to scan historical, microfilmed documents to digital format.
The latest addition of a laptop and digital imaging software allows researchers the ability to scan microfilm documents to a USB flash drive in a variety of image formats, including PDF and JPG. You can now leave the Preble County Room with hundreds of documents on a USB drive, rather than printing reams of paper.
The ability to digitize these documents also opens up the potential for the many researchers seeking Preble County records whom currently live outside the area. The Preble County Room receives numerous email requests for historical documents from not just the United States, but from around the world.
“I was just able to find an obituary on microfilm, scan it, and have it emailed right away for a request,” said PC Room Supervisor Marlene Ressler. “It makes the entire process easier.”
The imaging software allows users to adjust the brightness and contrast of a scanned image, as well as the ability to crop a document before saving it. The images scan in high resolution (up to 800 dpi) for crisp, clean images of any document.
The Preble County Room is the curator to thousands of historical records in microfilm format, including Preble County newspapers dating back to 1850, county probate court records, census documents, and some records from surrounding areas.
The Preble County Room is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the Preble County District Library and its services and programs, visit www.preblelibrary.com, www.facebook.com/PrebleLibrary, or follow on Twitter @PrebleLibrary.