In 2018, some Records Services Team members conducted a cursory inspection of our microfilm to gauge its condition. Over 50% of the rolls inspected showed signs of deterioration. To address this, the Archives purchased a high-performance Mekel MACH10 Scanner from The Crowley Company. With the scanner and its software, we can now digitize our endangered microfilm rolls. And, in addition to preserving the records, digitizing them allows us to make them available online.
As the repository for records of Delaware state and local governments, the Delaware Public Archives contains thousands of documents and other materials that can help with researching one’s genealogical roots. Among these records are census materials, vital statistics including birth, death, and marriage records; tax assessments, probate/estate records, land deeds, and military records. The Delaware […]
This blog is part of a special behind the scenes series for Archives Month. Richard Hays, reference archivist In order to keep up with the demand for more ways to obtain digital records, the Delaware Public Archives has recently acquired a pair of new microfilm reader-scanners. These microfilm readers provide image quality that greatly surpasses what has previously […]