|Probate Packet--We'll photograph several thousand of these|
|Rescued from the Dungeon|
During June of this year, a team of 28 community volunteers spent 18 days emptying the contents of the metal file drawers. They contained small, 4 X 9 envelopes called probate packets. Some packets had only 1 or 2 documents. Others had over 200. The volunteers did their best to remove centuries-old creases, crumpled edges, and folded corners. The diligent efforts of that volunteer team have made our work go so much faster.
|The Work Ahead of Us|
|First Day of Assembly--Our Field Supervisor, Br. Titus|
Special lights provide consistent illumination. All other ambient light is minimized. Black plastic sheeting is covering the cracks in the door and cardboard is taped to the windows.
|We call him Nick--our Nikon camera|
At first we imagined listening to music or talks on CD's while we were busy at work. We soon realized it takes a lot of concentration to capture each image, and we also found that neither one of us is good at multitasking. We cannot carry on a conversation and rotate an image at the same time.
Our capture board is about five feet long. The documents are squarely centered on the capture board underneath the camera. We don't touch the camera, but interface with it through 16 extra computer control keys. These determine the size of the crop we will use for each document, the rotation of the image, and allow us to quickly perform other capturing functions.
|All the Tools Working Together|
Tricks of the Trade
|Prayer Is A Powerful Tool|