Caught on Film

Caught on Film

The Family History Library plans to index the microfilmed records in the church's Granite Mountain Records Vault.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Family History Library (FHL) has announced plans to index the microfilmed records in the church’s Granite Mountain Records Vault. The secure, climate-controlled bunker, carved from a mountainside in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon, stores 2 million rolls of film bearing records of 110 countries. The FHL will post those indexes online at Family Search <> and eventually, link them to record images.

Family Search spokesperson Paul Nauta estimates the FHL needs help from 100,000 volunteers by the end of 2006 to create the indexes using a new online system. Last September, FHL staff offered Federation of Genealogical Societies conference attendees a sneak peek of the system and recruited volunteers to test it on records from Georgia, Ohio and Mexico. When the actual indexing gets underway, says Nauta, the microfilms genealogists most often request will be top priority. He adds the FHL isn’t yet ready for an influx of volunteers.
From the February 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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