Following our 7am news media breakfast at RootsTech 2011, we toured the exhibit hall before it was open to the public. It is amazing that 150 volunteer FamilySearch crews are stationed throughout the world using equipment shown below:
Using this method, the crew is able to digitize 1 million images per week! FamilySearch is now doing beta-testing on having those images available almost immediately, without indexing. David Rencher had asked us if we preferred to have images with indexes years from now, or have the images posted online to browse right away. Naturally we all favored the immediate access to images online ~ a quicker alternative to ordering microfilm and then cranking through each roll in search of our ancestors.
Happy family tree climbing!
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