Friday, January 08, 2010

Ancestry.com Bloggers' Day 2010

DearREADERS,
Its that time of year again -- when Ancestry.com invited genea-bloggers to visit the data center and corporate headquarters.

At first blush, Ancestry's high security facility data center has visibly grown since last year. The financial commitment to a seamless, uninterrupted user experience are found in redundancy systems, 3 backup generators.

Who's else is here?
Craig Maison
Leland Meitzler
Ancestry Insider
Dick Eastman
Kimberly Powell
Thomas MacEntee
Diana Haddad
Lisa Louise Cooke

Digitizing in progress
We just got back from touring the digitizing lab here in Provo, Utah. we saw a portion of the 700 English post 1858 will books being scanned. Kew had planned to throw the books out. The books were cut open, so each side could be double-side scanned in a matter of seconds.

BEST argument for off-shore indexing
Chinese indexers must know 2200 characters to read their newspaper, so training them to read 26 characters isn't a stretch. And as Thomas MacEntee points out, the price point for Ancestry.com membership would be prohibitive if Ancestry paid for domestic US indexers.

More later.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com

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