"By the world’s standards, this census effort has been an enviable example of “crowdsourcing” (the industry buzzword for the “many hands makes light work” philosophy). For us, it is another in a long line of group collaborative projects that promote our vision of creating and linking the best and most valuable research resources to help people discover who they are by exploring where they come from. We have been working collaboratively with volunteers, record custodians, and the general public for well over 100 years to make genealogy records more available," he said.
"Even if our sights were set on the swift and successful completion of the 1940 census alone, we would have to be grateful and excited. But imagine the possibilities of such a dedicated, trained, and motivated workforce as we shift focus from census records to immigration and naturalization records, and country-specific record sets like those represented by our Italy ancestor project. I hope it is plain to see the potential of our growing volunteer workforce and the impact you all can have on the present and future of family history," Brimhall concluded.
Read more: KCSG Television - UPDATE Family Search Volunteers and 1940 Census Project
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Today FamilySearch presented a free webinar that covers topics such as (1) using the new Source Box, (2) search techniques for finding your ancestors, and (3) using the International Genealogical Index. You can watch the webinar at this link:
Monday, June 25, 2012
Last week FamilySearch presented a webinar about their Historical Record Collection, the IGI and the Library Catalog. You can access it at this link:
Friday, June 22, 2012
After a year in beta testing, the online LDS Church History Library Catalog is now live. Check out this amazing resource-filled site, which includes thousands of searchable images in the church history collections and thousands of digitized family history books, and early publications and photographs. And that’s just a taste of what you’ll find by clicking in and exploring this fantastic open catalog today!
Keep in mind, this is NOT the Family History Library Catalog. It's the CHURCH HISTORY LIBRARY catalog, but does contain many collections that are useful in our genealogy research.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Paul Nauta, Manager of Public Affairs at FamilySearch.org shares these current statistics with us via Randy Seaver's "Geneamusings" blog:
- Number of searchable names from original source records in FamilySearch.org’s Historical Records Collections: Over 2.80 billion
- Number of searchable names from user contributed records in FamilySearch’s Trees collections online: Over 500 million.
- There are 1,164 historic record collections at FamilySearch.org. [as of 2 June 2012]
- Number of browsable digital images of historic documents at FamilySearch.org: 560 million.
- Number of hits on FamilySearch.org: Over 10 million hits per day.
- FamilySearch Indexing is the largest community-based transcription initiative in the world.
- 2.4 million rolls of microfilm (Search the catalog online at FamilySearch.org for more details)
- FamilySearch is producing over 160 million new digital images a year from original source documents.
- 100 million digital images a year created through microfilm conversion.
- 60 million new digital images produced a year from new field captures.
- 15 high-speed scanners are dedicated to converting existing films. Time to complete the digitization of the film collection is projected at 6 years.
- 185 camera teams currently filming records in 45 countries (new field captures). Most are digital cameras.
- Search digital images and indexes at FamilySearch.org. Millions added weekly.
- 4,600 Family History Centers in 126 countries
- Scanning digital books in cooperation with select public libraries. Search over 50,000 historic books at books.familysearch.org.
If you read between the lines of the last two bullets, you'll see that our active volunteers are indexing about 2 to 3% of the total digital content we're putting online each year. And we'll be significantly increasing the number of cameras in the field each year—which means more and more digital images published online yearly. There's a huge need for additional online volunteers to try to keep pace with the growing number of collections and digital images we're publishing. Digital images being published are far outpacing the actual indexing output.
Monday, June 4, 2012
|Judy Buchholz and Lureen Orchard|
I've written about my experience at the Expo and have posted some pictures on my genealogy blog "Grace and Glory."
|Ken and Lureen Orchard, Family History Center Directors with Larry Jamison|