FamilySearch continues to be a driving force in the world of genealogy. Where once we had microform and a network of local Family History Centers to borrow and view film, things have progressed significantly to include online indexing and presentation of scanned images of microfilm and original records.
It is imperative that you read fellow genea-blogger Ancestry Insider's most recent post FamilySearch in a corner, where we learn about a timeline for release of 600 million records, and the revamp of the FamilySearch website. Most notable is information about the new version of the Family History Library Catalog (long overdue, and a big "missed opportunity" by former partner World Vital Records.)
It is now time for the non-LDS readers to register for FamilySearch, so that when the new, expanded website is available, you'll receive notice, and be able to participate.
Happy family tree climbing!
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