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FAMILY TREE COLUMN 85– JANET REAKES
If you have European ancestors then this may interest you. The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released yet another great
CD-ROM in a series of `Vital Record Indexes’ as per it’s announcement
”Twelve and a half million vital records from Western Europe are now
available on CD-ROM from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
The Vital Records Index for Western Europe includes information
from birth, christening and marriage records from the Alpine, Benelux,
French, German, Italian, and Spanish regions.”
You will need to wait about a month until it’s available through their
Carlingford Office (PO Box 2723, Carlingford, NSW 2118).. The cost
will be $48 inc post.
Speaking to the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical
Societies in Salt Lake City, Elder Richard E. Turley Jr., managing
director of the Family and Church History Department, announced a
number of innovations in the tools and services offered by the Church:
Vital Records Indexes as mentioned above for Western Europe, as well
as Mexico and Scandinavia, the 1880 United States Census, Personal
Ancestral File in additional languages, and
a face lift for the FamilySearch Internet web site.
I loved his comment as quoted here: In looking forward to the future
of genealogical research and new technology, Turley said, "Buckle your
seatbelts, and hang on tight."
Other important things he announced include:
The Vital Records Indexes for Western Europe, Mexico and Scandinavia
include birth, christening and marriage records. The index for Western
Europe is being released today and includes 12.5 million records.
• The 1880 United States Census is a complete extraction and digital
publication of the census. It has been in production for many years
and represents the work of thousands of volunteers.
• Personal Ancestral File (PAF) 4.0 is currently available on disk in
English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese or as a free download
from The new 5.0 version of PAF will be available in Japanese,
Chinese, Korean, and Swedish. PAF 5 also allows users to type
information from essentially any language including Russian, Arabic,
Hebrew and Korean.
• FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service 2.0 represents a new look
and new capabilities for the website. The interface has been updated
to allow for future growth to better accommodate translation into
other languages, and to make features more visible to users.
That’s so exciting. Genealogy is just getting stronger and
Janet Reakes, Professional Genealogy Consultant, Author and Adoption
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