12 September 2005 16:04
Last week at the 2005 Conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), the LDS Church announced (Deseret News Article) that it is currently underway in a project to digitize and index its entire collection of over 2 million genealogical microfilms, eventually making the content of those films online via the Internet.
I don't know about you, but online access to all those microfilms makes my heart beat a bit faster
To extract and index the information, the church will be using a volunteer-driven process somewhat akin to what I hoped for in this post earlier this year. Users will be able to use a Java program through their web browsers to extract information from digitized microfilm images.
Another article describes the process with a bit more detail.
If you're interested in participating, visit FamilySearch Indexing. More people working on this means more information available sooner (hopefully!).
On 04 April 2007 23:05 Kate