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This past June,

FamilySearch International announced the online publication of its 1 billionth image of historic records.

That's right, 1 billion images.

This information contained in this vast mountain of data, collected from more than 10,000 archives around the world, will enable people to connect with their ancestors in new ways.

These records also contain famous people and signatures, not to mention rarely seen photos. We thought it would be fun to show what interesting records might be found in 1 billion historic images.

Alexander Graham Bell
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A U.S. passport application for inventor and scientist Alexander Graham Bell is one of many found in the FamilySearch digital collection, "United States Passport Application, 1795-1925." Bell was going to visit his boyhood home in Scotland.

George Herman 'Babe' Ruth
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A U.S. passport application for baseball legend Babe Ruth is one of many found in the FamilySearch digital collection, "United States Passport Application, 1795-1925." He was on his way to play a baseball game in Cuba.

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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A U.S. passport application for famous writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of many found in the FamilySearch digital collection, "United States Passport Application, 1795-1925."

Ernest Hemingway
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A U.S. passport application for author Ernest Hemingway is one of many found in the FamilySearch digital collection, "United States Passport Application, 1795-1925." Hemingway was going to Italy to help the Red Cross in 1918.

Harry Handcuff Houdini
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Harry Handcuff Houdini, famous magician and escape artist, left his signature on his World War I draft card. This digital image is included in the FamilySearch.org collection, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918."

U.S. Census
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The names of Walt Disney, top, and Thomas Edison are found in the 1940 and 1900 U.S. Census records, respectively.

Marion Mitchell Morrison
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The marriage license of Marion Mitchell Morrison, also known as actor John Wayne, is found in FamilySearch.org's digital collection, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952." This document shows Morrison was marrying his second wife, Esperanza Baur.

Smashed spider
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A small spider was smashed into the left side of this document taken from a collection titled "Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1998."

3 LDS Church presidents
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LDS Church Presidents Wilford Woodruff, left, John Taylor, upper right, and Lorenzo Snow, lower right, are among many recognizable names found in FamilySearch.org's digital collection "Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1947-1868."

Prominent pioneers

A picture of Orrin Porter Rockwell, left, is found in FamilySearch.org's digital collection "Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1947-1868."

The other photos display the various types of facial hair (goatee, beard, sideburns) popular during the time period.

The last man featured is not a photo but a sketch.

Historic family photos
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Beyond the 1 billion images, FamilySearch has also partnered with other websites to gain access to more historic photos, documents and records. One example is the BYU George Edward Anderson photograph collection.

When searching a name, such as the T.L. Hardee children from Huntington, Utah, visitors can click on the blue "Visit Partner Site" button to see a photograph from the BYU library special collections website.

Mrs. H.T. Robertson children
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The Mrs. H.T. Robertson family from Spanish Fork, Utah, is another example of a family photo found in the BYU George Edward Anderson photograph collection.

Bob Hope
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Entertainer Bob Hope is one of many recognizable people who visited Brazil according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Tony Curtis
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Actor Tony Curtis is another recognizable person who visited Brazil according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Janet Curtis
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Actress Janet Curtis also visited Brazil according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Jamie Lee Curtis
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Actress Jamie Lee Curtis visited Brazil as a young girl with her parents, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Errol Flynn
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Actor Errol Flynn visited Brazil, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Henry Fonda
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Actor Henry Fonda also visited Brazil, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

John F. Kennedy
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Late U.S. President John F. Kennedy entered Brazil as a student, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Kirk Douglas
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Actor Kirk Douglas is one of many recognizable people who visited Brazil according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

John Wayne
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John Wayne visited Brazil, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965." Unfortunately, his photo was removed at some point, probably by a souvenir seeker.

Rita Hayworth
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Actress Rita Hayworth Hill is one of many recognizable people who visited Brazil, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Orson Welles
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Fimmaker Orson Welles is one of many recognizable people who visited Brazil according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965." Welles went to Brazil in February 1942 to film "Carnaval" (also known as "The Story of Samba").

David O. McKay
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Late LDS Church President David O. McKay visited Brazil, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Joseph Fielding Smith
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Late LDS Church President Joseph Fielding Smith is one of many recognizable people who visited Brazil, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Harold B. Lee
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Late LDS Church President Harold B. Lee also visited Brazil, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."

Spencer W. Kimball
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Late LDS Church President Spencer W. Kimball visited Brazil, according to the FamilySearch.org digital collection "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965."