The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Ancestry gets an upgrade

Genealogical society works to revive history in digital realm


September 8, 2021

Benny Westcott

David Larsen, a Sweet Home Genealogical Society volunteer, scans yearbook pages as part of a digitization project.

On a Thursday afternoon at the Sweet Home Genealogical Society, volunteer David Larsen sits at a computer and places a 1968 Sweet Home High School yearbook's front page under a scanning machine. Its image is transposed onto a screen and saved onto the device's hard drive. He then opens the half-century old book and scans the first page. In just a few minutes, he's finished dozens.

"It goes quickly," he says with a grin.

Larsen is one of a number of people working to scan the society's vast collection of newspapers, photos, documents, books and records. In accordance with the organization's...

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