Friday, March 17, 2006

FamilySearch Scanning article

You'll be interested in this article posted at the LDS Church website about the new microfilm scanning project. Where we've previously heard from David Rencher that the scanning process could be completed in as early as six years, this article discusses a ten-year conversion. Ol' Myrt has gotten spoiled by the online scanned census images and now I can't wait for this project to unfold.

Unlocking the Vault: Conversion to Digital Records is Progressing
By Brittany Karford, Church Magazines

Members may not have to wonder what lies behind the 14-ton vault door at the Church's Granite Mountain Vault Records (GMVR) facility for much longer. In as little as 10 years, much of its genealogical collection may be at their fingertips.

The billions of names preserved on microfilmed records at the vault are being converted to digital images that can eventually be viewed online at and ultimately searched in and linked to an online index. The process of digitizing the microfilm is now faster than ever through a “bleeding edge” technology system called FamilySearch™ Scanning.

“I call it unlocking the vault,” says Heath Nielson, the program’s lead software engineer. “I cannot wait for the day when accessibility to these records becomes available to all.”

For the rest of the story, see:,4945,40-1-3384-9,00.html

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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