At todays opening session of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in Philadelphia, Ancestry.com and FGS announced the federation is partnering on Ancestry.coms World Archives Project (now in public beta testing). The project enlists volunteers to index genealogical records.
FGS member societies will sponsor some of those indexing projects by recruiting volunteers and helping with access to records. Volunteers will transcribe information from historical record images, helping to create indexes thatll remain accessible free on Ancestry.com.
Active indexers also will be able to access record images that are part of the World Archives Project. (Read more about the project in our blog post.)
Similar to FamilySearch Indexing, Ancestry.com will donate a digital copy of the sponsored index and images to the partner organization for a particular record set.
“Weve been searching for years for the right way to partner with genealogy societies, and we think this project will allow us to help them attract new members by leveraging the popularity of Ancestry.com,” says Tim Sullivan, president of Ancestry.com’s parent company, The Generations Network.
“We appreciate the encouragement and support FGS provides and look forward to continuing our relationship as this project marches forward.”