Ancestry.com has come to Swarthmore. The very friendly face behind the scanner of the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world is Consuelo Hubbuch. Consuelo commutes from Bucks County and holds an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh. This is her first job for Ancestry, and her scanning station is located in the back of the Friends Historical Library workroom in McCabe Library.
Ancestry has signed a multi-year agreement with Swarthmore, Haverford, Earlham, and Guilford Colleges to digitize original Quaker records which have been deposited in the four institutions. If these records have not been microfilmed already, Consuelo painstakingly scans each page of volumes that date from 1668 up to 1930. The scanning operation is being coordinated out of Silver Spring, Maryland, and existing microfilm is being digitized in Utah. Eventually all of these files will be transcribed so that they can be searched online. In a few years Swarthmore will own a copy of the database.