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.