As documents are increasingly required to be kept and stored electronically, it's becoming more important to be able to scan your precious documents, photos and other memories for quick access and safe keeping and also to avoid having to keep taking the originals out of their album or frame. However, what is the best type of equipment to use to achieve this? I've looked around and came across the 'Flip-Pal' mobile scanner as pictured below: It's easy to scan relatives' photographs and document without fear of damage, or to take the scanner to libraries or archives to scan documents and save on prints. Also using the screen protector, you can scan medals and other items that may scratch the glass without worry. I purchased the Flip-Pal scanner and the following great features really stood out: It's Mobile- compact light and durable, cordless and battery powered. Highly accurate- high quality digital images of 600 & 300 dpi resolution. Colour is true to the original. Versatile- scan any size original, from coins to newspapers, including large documents. It's quick & easy to use- push one button to scan in seconds. Insert the SD card from the scanner into your computer to see the digital images. The Digital Creativity Suite it comes with is Windows & Mac compatible. It allows expert photo editing , digitally repair damaged photos in seconds. With Corel Paint it's also possible to turn old family photos into works of art! The Flip Pal Scanner starts at £129.95 and is available at Genealogy Supplies After testing it out I've been really impressed with just how good this mobile scanner is. Handy to carry about and not in the least bit awkward to use, it's something every family history researcher should have. Having a copy of your work is as essential and important as the original document so for peace of mind this is well worth the money. It also means you are fully prepared should you come across that golden nugget of information when you are visiting a relative or are in your local library when you come across that valuable photo or record!