The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to family history and genealogy. Indexing massive amounts of data provides the advantage when it comes to searching genealogical records online by name, date, and location. Currently there are 2.4 million rolls of  microfilm in their vault undergoing digital conversation, and that doesn’t include new digital images that are being collected online.

The really interesting aspect is that it is volunteers that have added one billion searchable records to the free family history website in the last year. A group of volunteers from 164 countries and territories since 2006 means over 585,000 people have helped enter information into a searchable online database. Volunteers currently index over one million records a day.

Melody K. Smith

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