They'll be released on new beta website
Ive been to the site and have not had any luck with finding out information. Im
This is truly amazing! As an indexer for only a short time, I have been so
pleased to be involved in this great project. The work is addicting and I would
stay with it all the time if it were possible. I pray for help each time I
begin indexing and deciphering the names. Some recorders handwriting is easily
read and some is very difficult. It is great to see that this work is becoming
available for researching family trees. Thank you, Family Search Directors and
thanks to all the indexers.
45 years ago I interviewed for a job with the church's computer department.
During the interview I was asked how I thought computers could be used in
genealogical work. I expressed my hopes for online research. The interviewer
kindly explained that current technology wasn't at the point or cost where it
could be used for online research. 45 years have passed, and it is satisfying to
me to see that online research is finally coming into fruition. I won't be
around, but it will be exciting to see what genealogical research is like in
another 45 years. Congrats to the church for releasing the 300 million names!
wow, just when I got the wash done...so much more to do....
Ten years till done with the current archive, cool! So what new records will
come into the system after that and will they be able to keep up with the
incoming flow? Sounds like yes. Thoughts?
FamilySearch President Jay Verkler said 300 million more names will be available
online this week through the LDS Church's family history service. Did they come
from people using just a phone book and dead people that died and showen on tv,
or real names, of the dead?. That's what I want to know.
Brother Chuck: I've been indexing and arbitrating the 1875 Norway census. Real
people -- about 7,000 that I've contributed -- including a family of 8 in
Kristiania (Oslo) that claimed to be Mormon.Bettercomments: the LDS
church is also working in conjunction with the national archives to digitize and
probably index hundreds of millions of records presently unavailable or with
only limited public access.Allen: thanks for your vision!
The beta site has existed for a while. I am wondering if 300 million new
names are being added this week, or if this is just the official launch.However, since I have helped with the indexing I can speak to
Schroeder's odd comments. I have helped index 1900, 1910, 1920, 1870 and 1860
censuses. I have also helped to index a Canadian censu, a Rhode Island state
census, parish records from 19th century Jamaica, birth records of Cook County
(Chicago) Illinois about 1920, and marriage records from various Indiana
counties. The number of records indexed is still pretty small.
Only two sets of records from all of Africa have yet been indexed. All the
records from Asia that where available when I checked a week or two ago were
from the Philipines, and even the indexing of records from Latin America is not
overwhelming. Even for the US, there are many more records the Family Hisotry
Library has than have been indexed, and there are lots and lots of records that
still exist that the Church has not managed to film.Still we are
making strides forward.