In the next two years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ FamilySearch will release free online indexes for a long list of genealogical records150 million images total. Thousands of volunteers are already working fast and furiously on FamilySearch projects to index digitized records, so the church is turning to another source for help with this one: businesses such as The Generations Network, Footnote and others.
For whats known as the Genesis Project, FamilySearchthe churchs records-scanning armhas put out a request for information seeking interested commercial service providers and records repositories.
FamilySearch will digitize the records, which spokesperson Paul Nauta says is the most expensive part of putting records online, and service providers would index them. Indexes would be free on FamilySearch and on the service providers and/or record repositorys Web site.
In other FamilySearch news:
- FamilySearchs Family History Library, Allen County Public Library and the Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library are joining to digitize and index 100,000 books in the libraries holdings of local and family histories from all across the country. Itll be the largest collection of its kind on the Web with free access at the BYU library’s site. Read more on FamilySearch.
- Next up for the FamilySearch Indexing Project is the 1930 Mexico Census, Revolutionary War Pensions and Land Warrants, Irish Civil Registration and 1900 US census records for more states.
For more information on FamilySearch records access initiatives, look for the November 2007 Family Tree Magazine, on newsstands and FamilyTreeMagazine.com Sept. 11.