On Tuesday night FamilySearch sponsored a Media/Blogger dinner. It’s not every day that you get to eat dinner with Paul Nauta of FamilySearch, the AncestryInsider, Leland Meitzler, Pam Schaffer, Sandra Benward and Denise & Scott Richmond (who I met on the Legacy Cruise in October). I also met Ruth Blair, who shares my blogiversary and DearMyrtle said my business car was pretty (I can die happy now).
The main discussion was on the Community 1940 Census Project. There are over 460 blog ambassadors for this program (including myself) and they are looking for more! If you are interested and at the conference, there is a special offer where you can sign up and write a blog post and receive a very nice gift.
Over 101,000 people have volunteered as indexers and arbitrators, which is how 30% of the census has already been indexed. This is likely the largest community indexing project and we can only hope to see more of these in the future. Remember, if you index two batches while at the conference, you get a free t-shirt!
FamilySearch also told us that they have collections from over 60 countries and over 1 billion indexed records. I am most excited that they now have a contract with the Italian government to digitize and index for preservation purposes all civil records through 1940. Having searched many of these records, I can say that having then online where you can zoom in and out and play with the coloring, will be tremendously helpful.
Thank you for such a wonderful experience FamilySearch!