Wow! FamilySearch Completes Digitization of Massive Microfilm Collection

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FamilySearch Completes Digitization of Huge Microfilm Assortment

Effort makes billions of worldwide family tree data freely accessible on-line

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT—It’s a milestone 83 years within the making. Right now FamilySearch Worldwide introduced the completion of an enormous venture to digitize its assortment of thousands and thousands of rolls of microfilm containing billions of household historical past data from around the globe. The archive containing info on greater than 11.5 billion people is now freely accessible to the general public on FamilySearch.org.

“We hope that each one those that contributed to this milestone within the final 80 years really feel a way of humble accomplishment at the moment,” stated Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch Worldwide. “And we hope the thousands and thousands of people who will uncover, collect, and join era upon era of their relations for years to return due to these efforts can have a deep sense of gratitude for the numerous unheralded contributors who made these discoveries doable.”

“It is a game-changer for everyone on the planet. So, as an alternative of getting to return to the library, individuals can begin accessing these data from dwelling,” stated Becky Adamson, a analysis specialist on the FamilySearch Household Historical past Library in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah.

Over 200 international locations and principalities and greater than 100 languages are represented within the digitized paperwork. Completion of the venture makes it a lot simpler for people to make extra private and household discoveries.

To discover FamilySearch’s free collections of listed data and pictures, go to FamilySearch.org and search each “Information” and “Pictures”. The Images feature permits customers to peruse digitized photos from the microfilm assortment and extra. A free FamilySearch account shall be required to entry the service.

Historical past of FamilySearch Information Preservation

FamilySearch and its predecessors have been accumulating, preserving, and offering entry to genealogically important historic data for greater than 100 years. These data embrace start, demise, marriage, census, army service, immigration, and different forms of paperwork.


FamilySearch started microfilming in 1938 because the Genealogical Society of Utah. It was one of many first main organizations to embrace the usage of microfilm imaging. That microfilm assortment finally grew to greater than 2.4 million rolls.

For a lot of many years, duplicates of the unique rolls may very well be ordered and seen at certainly one of FamilySearch’s greater than 5,000 household historical past facilities worldwide. The method of duplicating and distributing microfilm copies, and the laborious analysis that adopted, appears excruciating by at the moment’s prompt on-line analysis requirements, however on the time, it was revolutionary and the simplest, most economical method accessible to assist patrons worldwide discover household info with out having to journey to an archive holding the unique data.

FamilySearch ended its microfilm distribution to household historical past facilities in September 2017 when it started its transition to an all-digital, free, on-line entry strategy. The microfilm assortment will proceed to be preserved, however the info the rolls include can now be simply seen and searched on-line.

FamilySearch continues to seize photos of authentic data at an ever-increasing fee, howbeit in digital kind, bypassing the necessity to switch the knowledge from movie.

The Microfilm Digitization Timeline

Digitization of the rolls of movie started greater than 20 years in the past when FamilySearch bought its first microfilm scanners in 1998. The venture was anticipated to take over 50 years to finish, however advances in know-how helped shorten the timeline by practically 30 years. The final of the microfilm scanning was accomplished this 12 months. The venture took a leap ahead in 2006 when software program and processes have been developed by FamilySearch together with the Church Historical past and the Data and Communication Providers Departments of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The scanning started with about 5 workers. As the method was developed, as much as 30 workers utilizing 26 scanners have been engaged on the method, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The digitization effort has been directed by the Church Historian and Recorder and executed by preservation professionals within the Church Historical past Division. The final roll of movie added to the gathering was captured by FamilySearch’s in-field cameras in 2018.

FamilySearch is dedicated to accumulating, preserving, and offering entry to the world’s genealogical data to assist people and households worldwide uncover and join with their household histories. FamilySearch will proceed to extend the digitization of recent data worldwide from its digital digital camera operations and partnerships. It’s going to additionally start digitizing 335,000 microfiches in its collections.
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