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  • Jewelle Baker
    Hello Group.... The below information is worth repeating again.... to pique your memory and for our new members! This is perhaps the most important genealogy
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 24, 2007
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      Hello Group....
      The below information is worth repeating again.... to pique your memory and for our new members!

      This is perhaps the most important genealogy announcement of the past few
      years. The following announcement was written by The Church of Jesus Christ
      of Latter-day Saints:
      FamilySearch Unveils Program to Increase Access to World's Genealogical

      Tidal Wave of Online Databases Will Result

      SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-FamilySearch announced today its Records Access program
      to increase public access to massive genealogy collections worldwide. For
      the first time ever, FamilySearch will provide free services to archives and
      other records custodians who wish to digitize, index, publish, and preserve
      their collections. The program expands FamiliySearch's previously announced
      decision to digitize and provide online access to over 2 million rolls of
      copyrighted microfilm preserved in the Granite Mountain Records Vault. A key
      component of the program allows FamilySearch and archives to team with
      Genealogy websites to provide unprecedented access to microfilm in the vault
      The combined results ensure a flood of new record indexes and images online
      at www.FamilySearch.org and affiliated websites.

      The plan combines the assets and experience of the Genealogical Society of
      Utah with the state-of-the-art technology resources of FamilySearch-all
      under the single brand name of FamilySearch. The Records Access program
      allows records custodians to publish their data online by themselves or with
      the assistance of FamilySearch or affiliate genealogical websites and
      Historical societies.

      "Records custodians worldwide are experiencing growing pressure to provide
      access to their records online while maintaining control and ownership. At
      the same time, websites that provide digitizing and publishing services are
      struggling with the staggering costs," said Wayne Metcalfe, director of
      Records Services for FamilySearch. "The new Record Access program takes
      advantage of FamilySearch's resources and creates an economical and
      effective forum where record custodians and genealogical websites can work
      together to accomplish their respective objectives," added Metcalfe.
      Working with the records custodians, FamilySearch can leverage its extensive
      microfilm and growing digital image collection to create digital images for
      affiliate genealogical websites at a fraction of the cost. The affiliate
      genealogy organization will create indices of the digital images and then
      publish the images and the indices on its own website, the archive's website

      or a jointly published site. A copy of the index will also be made
      available for free on the popular FamilySearch website, which will help
      drive traffic to record images on the custodians' or affiliates' sites. Full
      free access to both the indices and images will be provided to family
      history centers, FamilySearch managed facilities, and the archives. If the
      record custodian seeks revenue to sustain operations, a small fee may be
      required to access images outside FamilySearch managed facilities or the

      For archives and heritage societies, the new program benefits include:
      Digitally capture, preserve, and publish records online
      Increase access to records while maintaining control and ownership
      Increase patronage and business viability

      Over 100 years of archival and publishing experience
      For genealogy websites, the new program helps them:
      � Benefit from the knowledge and relationships of FamilySearch with the
      archival community worldwide
      � Significantly lower costs associated with acquiring, preserving, or
      providing access to data
      � Increase business viability and website traffic
      � Leverage an open platform that develops value-added services around
      FamilySearch, the world's largest repository of genealogical data.

      Under the program, FamilySearch will also provide tools and assistance to
      records custodians who want to publish parts of their collection using
      state-of-the-art digital cameras, software, and web-based applications.
      The archive can work with an affiliate, historical society, or FamilySearch
      to index the images or host a website for the records custodian. The index
      of the record collection will be available for free on FamilySearch, and the
      records custodian's site will provide access to the images for free or a fee
      depending on the needs of the archive and those assisting in the

      One example of the tools FamilySearch can provide is FamilySearch Indexing,
      a web-based application that engages tens of thousands of volunteers
      worldwide to create searchable indexes linked to the digital images created
      by FamilySearch. "Through mere word-of-mouth promotions, literally tens of
      thousands of volunteers are already joining this effort to index the world's
      records by registering at FamilySearchIndexing.org and donating a few
      minutes a week online to the effort. Over 100,000 volunteers are expected to
      enlist in the initiative by year end with the numbers increasing as more
      projects-particularly international projects-are added," said Paul Nauta,
      manager of Public Affairs for FamilySearch.

      FamilySearch will announce the first collaborative projects of its new
      Records Access program during the National Genealogical Society (NGS)
      Convention in Richmond, Virginia, the week of May 14, 2007. Many more
      Project announcements are expected in the following months.

      Record custodians and archives that would like additional information
      regarding the FamilySearch Records Services can contact Wayne Metcalfe
      (metcalfewj@...) and genealogy web service providers should
      contact Dave Harding (hardingdp@...).

      FamilySearch (historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah) is a
      nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
      Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world's largest repository of
      genealogical resources accessed through FamilySearch.org, the Family History
      Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70

      Thank you, Sally, for this timely information.

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