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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Updated version of FamilySearch Indexing

The FamilySearch Indexing program had an upgrade recently as explained in a blog post by GaleK dated October 19, 2010 entitled, "Is Your Indexing Program Up to Date?" As the article explains, "You'll know you have this new version of the program if your indexing desktop icon changed from a blue icon with a white tree to a tan (or parchment paper) icon with a black tree. If you don't have this new icon or if your icon changed to a Java coffee cup, please follow the instructions in this document to upgrade your program."

Indexing is the FamilySearch program in which volunteers are indexing records scanned from huge 2.5 million microfilm database of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch is the trademark and trade name of the Church's genealogy department with primary responsibility over the online services.

By July of 2010, the FamilySearch Indexing volunteers had indexed some 100 million records since the first of the year. The results of that tremendous work can be seen in constant additions to the FamilySearch Record Search Historical Record Collections database. As of October 19, 2010, the Historical Record Collections had 473 collections with millions of individual records.

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