Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Scanning & Indexing: Family History Library Collection

A friend, Maurice Marler, is director in the census indexing I volunteer to do at Maurice spotted the following article concerning the phenomenal digitizing and indexing projects of material at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

By Susan Whitney
Deseret Morning News
Tuesday 27 March 2007

[...]"Rich Running, also a project manager for the [LDS] church's
Family History Department, is responsible for seeing that the church's genealogy
records — more than 5 billion documents on 2 1/2 million rolls of microfilm and
1 1/2 million microfiche — are scanned.

Not everything in the Granite Mountain vaults in Little Cottonwood
Canyon can be scanned. The LDS Church got these records from a variety of
sources, some of which are archival companies that don't want their records

Still, the vast majority of the church's documents are reproducible,
and right now the church's software experts need to scan quickly, because they
have a lot to scan. Dobson explains that the U.S. Library of Congress contains
29 million books, and the LDS Church's records hold 132 times that much data.
Dobson doesn't want to guess how many billions of names are on those 5 billion

Ol' Myrt suggests reading the full article located at:,1249,660205784,00.html

There is info about:
  • How it works if you choose to participate as a volunteer.
  • The much anticipated _new_ is scheduled to debut before the end of the year.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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