Salt Lake City, where the images will be processed, preserved, copied
The availability of the images depends on the contract
specifications of each project. Many images are published on
familysearch.org, some are published on commercial genealogical Web
sites, sometimes the archive itself publishes the work, and sometimes
the work is published but with restrictions as to who may access it.
\"In the end, we may or may not get to personally publish the
records — there all are sorts of barriers,\" Waters said. \"But
it's about making as many records as possible available to as many
people as possible.\"
A different kind of conversion
One of the most significant advancements for FamilySearch in recent
years was put into place in 2005, when 15 high-speed scanners were
developed to convert images previously contained on microfilm into
digital images to allow them to be viewed on a computer. These scanners
are converting 2.5 million rolls of microfilm from the church's Granite
Mountain Records Vault into tens of millions of ready-to-index digital
These rolls of microfilm include images of important historical
documents gathered from all over the world — birth and death records,
hospital records, family histories, immigration forms, historical
books and more.
\"To our knowledge, there is no company that does the level of vital-records preservation that FamilySearch does,\" said Nauta. \"The
records FamilySearch contains currently, when digitized, would equal
132 Libraries of Congress or 18 petabytes of data — and that doesn't
include our ongoing acquisition efforts.\"
The scanners are like a camera: As the microfilm unwinds, the
images on the microfilm are converted into a long ribbon of
high-quality digital images. A computer program quality-checks the
ribbon and uses special algorithms to break it up into individual
Scanning the original pictures from the microfilm, preparing the
images to be viewed with an online image viewer, and quality-checking
them may take only 18 minutes per roll.
Taking it to the world
FamilySearchIndexing.org is just one of a number of new Web-based programs that have been developed to advance family history endeavors.
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