I received this press release vis email from FamilySearch this morning. It is important information, and I want my readers to know about this, because it may be earth-shattering news.
FamilySearch Works to Put the World’s Historical Records Online in One Generation
- Approximately 28 billion people lived on the earth in recently recorded history—from A.D. 1500 to 2010.
- Information for an estimated one billion unique individuals may exist today in online family trees—a fraction of how many still need to be linked.
- The bulk of online family history research today is focused on the records of North America, Europe, and Latin America. Less than seven percent of these records are searchable online today.
- An estimated 60 billion historical records still exist to be digitally preserved and indexed.
- Only eight percent of FamilySearch’s current online indexing volunteer workforce is non-English speaking. The majority of historical records to be made searchable online in the future will require volunteers who read non-English records.
- With current volunteers and resources, it could take up to 300 years to make the current inventory of historical genealogical records searchable online. This time can be reduced to 20 to 30 years with more business and community involvement. Disclaimer: FamilySearch does not establish relationships with third parties or take other steps that may be in violation of the terms of contractual obligations. As a result, FamilySearch may not be able to provide some information, records, indexes, or other data to third parties or the public.
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We'll have to see how this shakes out over time. I know that it will be a topic at the Blogger Dinner tomorrow night, and I'll try to report what I hear/note/recall tomorrow night.
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