In case you missed the news from FamilySearch that appeared a couple weeks ago, here is part of it:
“It is a milestone 83 years in the making. Today FamilySearch International announced the completion of a massive project to digitize its collection of millions of rolls of microfilm containing billions of family history records from around the world. The archive containing information on more than 11.5 billion individuals is now freely available to the public on FamilySearch.org.” A FamilySearch full press release is here.
The records are from 200 countries and in 100 languages. The press releases have been a bit misleading because some of the actual digitized records are not yet available to the public due to contractural obligations with the entities that held the records which were microfilmed. Yet the wealth available to us is amazing. Not everything is indexed and won’t be for a longggg time. You can volunteer to help index records. Simply go to https://www.familysearch.org and click on the Indexing tab at the top. Can’t read most of those 100 languages? No problem, there are various indexing projects and lots of assistance.
Thank you FamilySearch!
© 2021, Paula Stuart-Warren. All rights reserved.