IMR Digital’s Conversion Services Enable Fast and Simple Searches
WEST HAZLETON, PA November 9, 2015 – With the help of IMR Digital, the Schuylkill County Historical Society made an investment in preserving unique historical records, and expanding genealogical research resources for generations to come.
One of the historical society’s prized records was the microfilm archives of the Miners’ Journal newspaper. Published weekly, the Miners’ Journal served as the record of daily life in Schuylkill County from 1825 to 1951; noting births, deaths, business transactions and much more. Unfortunately, searching through the microfilm archives was a tedious process which required manually going through screen by screen of each preserved page of microfilm.
“When the historical society approached us about converting the microfilm files to digital format to make them searchable,” said David Buttgereit, IMR Digital Vice President of Business Process and Conversion Operations, “I instantly knew that we had the perfect technology to make it happen. We had been doing a similar conversion process for Ancestry.com using our state-of-the-art nextScan FlexScan scanners and specialized software. The machine scans an entire reel of microfilm as a single “ribbon” image, and then the software separates and optimizes the individual page images on each reel into individual documents.”
“When the historical society approached us about converting the microfilm files to digital format to make them searchable,” said David Buttgereit, IMR Digital Vice President of Business Process and Conversion Operations, “I instantly knew that we had the perfect technology to make it happen.
Once the images were digitized as PDF files, IMR Digital performed Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing to make each record searchable. OCR allows people doing genealogical research in past issues of the Miners’ Journal to search by family name or other phrases to find relevant articles in the newspaper archive.
“From start to finish the IMR Digital team has been an outstanding group of professionals, who have guided us through each phase of the conversion process and supported us with excellent customer service,” said Thomas B. Drogalis, Schuylkill County Historical Society, Executive Director.
“IMR Digital has over 30 years of experience in helping libraries, historical societies, and governmental agencies preserve and protect the records of our past. We know all too well that these groups are just one broken pipe, fire, or flood away from losing hundreds of years of history,” said Buttgereit. “We take our responsibility of providing our customers with quality digital images that preserve history very seriously.”