who manages the family history work in the Americas. \"There's a well-thought-out process to help us allocate our very limited human
resources to gather those records.\"
Once records are identified, Family History
Department employees work with various churches, municipalities, archives and
governments to acquire or create copies. Most institutions welcome Mormon efforts.
\"We have a good reputation as an organization that cares about the
records as much as the archivists do,\" said Steven L. Waters, strategic
relations manager for Europe. \"In general, they are thankful to have an
organization like ours that puts so many resources into preserving
After the negotiations are finalized, an area is set up on-site
where the cameras are used to create digital images of the historical
documents. The process can take from a few weeks to several years,
depending on the size of the collection, the type of documents being
copied and the workers' experience levels.
With cameras similar to those used by NASA and in other industrial
settings, workers produce an image at a high resolution of 50
megapixels, or 50 million pixels. Adjustments to the cameras'
technology, made by church camera specialists, increase their
\"Some of the best high-quality cameras would take 300,000 pictures
and die,\" said Larry Telford, camera operations manager for the Family
History Department. \"A typical camera operator might take half a
million images in one year, and we expect ours to last four or five
years or more.\"
In addition to the camera, each unit requires a computer, a camera stand and special software.
\"(The software) dCamX was designed by in-house engineers to do the
hard work while the operators do the easy work,\" Telford said.
It makes operating the cameras easier for the church employees,
missionaries and contractors who handle them. Step by step, it guides
operators through calibrating the camera. Through a computer
connection, the image is processed and displayed on the monitor, so the
operators can ensure that the image is of the highest quality.
Every image that is captured undergoes an in-depth audit involving
cropping the image, recording metadata, quality control and other
improvement processes to ensure quality images.
Once a project is complete, up to a terabyte of images and
information is transferred onto an external hard drive and mailed to
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