Big News for Both Genealogists and Archivists

FamilySearch (a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) announced today that it will provide FREE services to any and all archives and records custodians who wish to digitize, index, publish, and preserve their collections. This is, of course, on top of the ambitious project already underway to digitize and make freely available the 2 million rolls of microfilm stored in the Granite Mountain Records Vault.

This is a huge benefit for genealogists, since many more records will be freely available online. This is also a huge benefit for archivists and record depositories, since they can digitize and make available their collections for free using FamilySearch’s many years of scanning experience.

Thanks to Dick Eastman and Miriam Midkiff for sharing this information (which seems to have been released via email, but still isn’t available at their website).

Blaine Bettinger

Intellectual property attorney, genealogist, and author of The Genetic Genealogist since 2007