Almost as famous as their sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), FamilySearch International is a non-profit organization known for their extensive indexed genealogy collections. They continually add the collections of family records from around the world. Current indexing projects can be viewed online. Each project is posted with a unique set of indexing guidelines and interesting facts.

Commercial News brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “FamilySearch has many indexing projects.”  These records include marriages, births, deaths, state censuses, naturalization records, probate records, and much more. And the best part is FamilySearch records are free to anyone.

Considering the massive amount of data they are constantly indexing, surely they are indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy. What is the point of indexing data if you can’t find it? Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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