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Technology Advances Genealogical Research at the Tennessee State Library and Archives
(Published: May 23, 2011)

While President Obama spent part of today in Ireland learning about his family roots, it's now easier than ever for Tennesseans to do genealogical research without ever leaving the Volunteer State. The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) recently welcomed the addition of the ScanPro2000, the latest development in professional microfilm technology.

Previously, visitors and researchers at TSLA needed to manually scroll through microfilm on large machines and insert a quarter to print each page. The ScanPro2000 attaches to a computer to read microfilm and saves pages as documents for storage on a USB drive and will soon send images via e-mail. This small machine takes up less room than most printers and allows users to zoom, straighten, regulate brightness and contrast and adjust focus with the click of the mouse.

TSLA is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

“We are excited to present new research technology for all Tennesseans to use at the State Library and Archives,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “The new machine provides access to the very latest advancements and it should help all of us learn more about our state’s history.”

Regular visitors to TSLA have already taken advantage of the new machine and look forward to being able to do better quality work in less time.

“I learned how to use this machine in five minutes,” said Tennessee historian and writer Paul Clements. “Tennesseans have the best story to tell and, sadly, many of us don’t even know it. Hopefully, this machine and the holdings at the Library and Archives will help the public know more about our rich heritage, right here in Nashville.”