The "Have scanner will Travel" team traveled to Vacaville, CA on August 15, 2001 and scanned Ralph Ruff’s collection of birth, marriage, and death records for the Besserabian villages of Alt Elft, Neu Elft, Katzbach, Paris, Dennewitz, and Plotzk. Ralph, over the years, translated these records from LDS microfilm. This is a tremendous accomplishment and we thank Ralph and his wife Evelyn for allowing us to scan these records and put them in the queue for indexing using the SOAR software. We scanned 5,859 pages but since each contains 5 actual records, the total document count is over 25,000. No volunteers, other than the three person team and Ralph and Evelyn were involved.
Evelyn & Ralph Ruff
On August 28, 2001 the team traveled to Redondo Beach, CA and invaded the home of Margaret and Bob Freeman which is also the archives of the Glueckstal Colonies Records Association (GCRA). Over the next seven days we scanned the selected records from their archives and have preserved those images on CDROMs. This was our toughest scanning session to date due to the varying size, composition and texture of the documents. We learned a lot, replaced another tensioner bar cover as a result of ingesting staples and paper clip, but did prove that we can scan 3X5 cards with minimal problems, which is the size of the documents scheduled for our next session in Windsor, Co. Totals for this session are 2,672 folders containing 35,900 files and using 2.6GB of hard drive space. Many of these pages also contain multiple items so the actual document count will be much higher after cropping. We were given permission to enter this data in the SOAR indexing queue. We wish to thank the following volunteers for assisting in this session, Margaret & Bob Freeman, Gwenn Pritzkau, Harold Ehrman, Bill & Velda Davis, David & Barbara Horn, Lisa Schumacher, Barbara and Chuck Bender, and the three person scanning team. We were housed and fed well by GCRA. Many thanks to our hosts.
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