Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
Portrait found in Merriam KS--three children
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

Memory Lab

Thank you for your interest in using our Memory Lab to digitize your memories. Our new Memory Lab is extremely popular, with available dates being reserved as quickly as they are made available. We are aware that this may be frustrating to many who have been trying to reserve a spot without success.  We ask for your patience.  Please do not email us asking if there is any way to be placed on a waitlist, or for an exception to the normal sign-up procedure we have in place - there is not. Currently reservations for available dates will be posted 30 days in advance.  We recommend checking in on a regular basis as we will also re-open spaces when there are cancellations.  Thank you for your support!
The following orientation video is required viewing before using the Memory Lab.  We recommend watching before booking your appointment.
Appointments are for 2.5 hours, although you may not need that much time for what you bring.  If you bring more than what can be done in 2.5 hours, you must make another appointment to finish your work.

The Memory Lab currently supports two patrons in each time slot.  The equipment is provided to each patron as outlined in the table below.  Starting the week of January 15th, a third time slot will be added to some shifts to support VHS video transfers.  By reviewing the information about the Memory Lab, you will determine what equipment you wish to reserve.  The chart below describes the equipment that will be available for each session.
NOTE:  We cannot digitize, Betamax, Video 8 cassetts, or DV cassettes without patron provided player equipment. 
To book an appointment for our Memory Lab,
please click here.



Session: Option 1

Equipment: Wolverine MovieMaker 
8mm and Super 8 Film (silent only)

Equipment: Epson V600 Scanner
35mm and medium-format slides, film, and prints into high-resolution files.  Slide format: 35mm.
Negative sizes: 35mm, 120 and 620. Documents or prints: 8.5” x 11.7” maximum size

Session: Option 2

Equipment: Epson FastFoto
Scan multiple photos in an automatic feeder in a short period of time. Feed tray capacity: 36
photos. Photo sizes: 3 x 5” • 4 x 6” • 5 x 7” • 8 x 10” • Polaroid photos. Document Size: 8 x 10”

Equipment: Epson V39 Scanner
The following items will be scanned on the V39 flatbed scanner (not the FastFoto scanner).
Fragile photos or documents. Photos that are curled. Photos thicker than .011 inch. Photos with

Session: Option 3

Equipment: ClearClick 3.0
Supports multiple video and audio devices.
The lab has a VCR that will play VHS and VHS-C video cassettes.
Other video plays (provided by user) may be connected to the ClearClick. Examples being
Video 8, Betamax and DV.
Audio files may also be digitized. The lab has an audio cassette player.


  • The Canon copier/scanner can be used with either appointment. It will scan up to an 11 x 17” photo or document. 
  • Negative sizes 110, 126, and 127 can be digitized by special request.



Here is some information on our equipment and what it can do. 

Equipment & Description Video
Wolverine Movie Maker Pro: 
8mm and Super 8 Film on reels up to 7 inches. Silent only.
Epson V600 Flatbed Scanner:
Converts 35mm slides and 35mm, 120 and 620 negatives. Up to 8.5" x 17" photos or documents. 
Epson FastFoto: 
Scans multiple photos or documents in an automatic feeder. The capacity is 36 photos. Size range from 3" x 5" to 8" x 20" including, polaroid photos. This machine is not for fragile or curled photos.
Epson V39 Flatbed Scanner: 
Perfect for fragile or curled photos. Also good for odd-sized photos and documents. Up to 8.5" x 11.7" photos or documents.
Large flatbed scanner: 
Can scan up to 11" x 17" documents or photos. 
(Video to be added soon.)
Wolverine Titan Slide and Film Scanner: 
35mm slides and 35mm, 127, 127, 110, and APS negatives

Anything brought into the Memory Lab must be clean, with no dust on the items, and mold-free.

Please bring a newer USB 2.0 or 3.x drive to store your digitized items.  The USB 3.x versions will transfer content much faster than older USB 2.0 drives.  A portable SSD hard drive may be used to store your content.  However, sometimes these drives are not recognized by the Memory Lab HP laptops running Windows 11.  Bringing a USB drive as a back-up device would be a good idea.
Please send any questions you have to