Scanning Books


Worldwide Opportunities


Opportunity Description

As a Book Scanning Missionary, you will work in an office environment to support the familysearch.org website by scanning books to be used for indexing, publication, etc.


Who Can Serve:  Full and Part-time Missionaries

Skills:

  • Basic Computer and Internet experience
  • No genealogical experience needed, but is helpful
  • Multiple languages and librarian skills are appreciated but not required
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Good eyesight

Book Scanning Locations:
Utah: West Valley City, Ogden, Orem
California: Oakland
Indiana: Ft. Wayne
Texas: Houston
Missouri: Independence
New York: Syracuse
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

Upcoming locations: London, England

Missionary Experience

Read about the experience missionaries are having as they make a lasting impact:

“It has been a pleasure to serve three full-time and one part-time mission in Family History, each in a different location.  We’ve met and worked with wonderful missionaries, helpful and long-suffering staff in Salt Lake, and wonderful mission presidents.  Library staffs we worked with were always kind and accommodating to us.   Brains were taxed to learn new technology, which made us older people feel very useful.  There was a great sense of accomplishment seeing the numbers of finished images reported at the end of each month.

After the unique experience of serving book scanning missions at the Allen County Public Library and Mid-Continent Public Library, many have asked if it ever got boring scanning books all the time.  The answer is always a resounding “NO”!   Every book presented a different challenge to ensure good quality scans.  Although production was priority, occasionally words on the page caught our attention, requiring a short stop to read some interesting piece of history. 

Many early families pioneered in areas where public records had not yet been established.  It became obvious that the only way some families will be able to find their family members is through printed media from the old days.  Elder Muchmore often found his own ancestors listed on the pages of various books, thereby extending or completing numerous family lines. 

This is not to say there were never moments of frustration, because sometimes it was just plain hard to maneuver a tightly bound, poorly printed book into a proper position to get good scans.  But oh, the sense of triumph when we tamed the book!” -- Elder and Sister Muchmore