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They'll be released on new beta website

Published: Thursday, April 29 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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bobosmom

Ive been to the site and have not had any luck with finding out information. Im sunk again.

Sharonshare

This is truly amazing! As an indexer for only a short time, I have been so pleased to be involved in this great project. The work is addicting and I would stay with it all the time if it were possible. I pray for help each time I begin indexing and deciphering the names. Some recorders handwriting is easily read and some is very difficult. It is great to see that this work is becoming available for researching family trees. Thank you, Family Search Directors and thanks to all the indexers.

Allen

45 years ago I interviewed for a job with the church's computer department. During the interview I was asked how I thought computers could be used in genealogical work. I expressed my hopes for online research. The interviewer kindly explained that current technology wasn't at the point or cost where it could be used for online research. 45 years have passed, and it is satisfying to me to see that online research is finally coming into fruition. I won't be around, but it will be exciting to see what genealogical research is like in another 45 years. Congrats to the church for releasing the 300 million names!

texdona

wow, just when I got the wash done...so much more to do....

bettercomments

Ten years till done with the current archive, cool! So what new records will come into the system after that and will they be able to keep up with the incoming flow? Sounds like yes. Thoughts?

Brother Chuck Schroeder

FamilySearch President Jay Verkler said 300 million more names will be available online this week through the LDS Church's family history service. Did they come from people using just a phone book and dead people that died and showen on tv, or real names, of the dead?. That's what I want to know.

metamoracoug

Brother Chuck: I've been indexing and arbitrating the 1875 Norway census. Real people -- about 7,000 that I've contributed -- including a family of 8 in Kristiania (Oslo) that claimed to be Mormon.

Bettercomments: the LDS church is also working in conjunction with the national archives to digitize and probably index hundreds of millions of records presently unavailable or with only limited public access.

Allen: thanks for your vision!

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

The beta site has existed for a while. I am wondering if 300 million new names are being added this week, or if this is just the official launch.

However, since I have helped with the indexing I can speak to Schroeder's odd comments. I have helped index 1900, 1910, 1920, 1870 and 1860 censuses. I have also helped to index a Canadian censu, a Rhode Island state census, parish records from 19th century Jamaica, birth records of Cook County (Chicago) Illinois about 1920, and marriage records from various Indiana counties.

The number of records indexed is still pretty small. Only two sets of records from all of Africa have yet been indexed. All the records from Asia that where available when I checked a week or two ago were from the Philipines, and even the indexing of records from Latin America is not overwhelming. Even for the US, there are many more records the Family Hisotry Library has than have been indexed, and there are lots and lots of records that still exist that the Church has not managed to film.

Still we are making strides forward.

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