For the next week or maybe two I will be posting highlights of the expo and things I learned to help further my research and I hope they will be things to help you as well.
To start off, the expo began with a Keynote speaker, Tim Sullivan (CEO of Ancestry.com). His presentation was titled Digital Expectations: Preserving Yesterday's Records for Today's Researchers. This was a pretty interesting presentation on the process and equipment used to digitize all of the many records from around the world.
High-speed scanners, book scanners, advanced software, and 3rd-party consultants are involved in the digitization process. To me, it is amazing that there are scanners out there that can turn the page of a book and scan the pages in only a matter of seconds. No human hands need to be involved with turning the pages or scanning.
Using 3rd-party digitizers such as workers in China allow Ancestry.com to digitize many more records in shorter time and less the cost.
As always, Ancestry.com amazes me at the amount of records they continually provide and the simplicity of finding those documents to help further our research.