Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vault Vednesday: FamilySearch Expansion

2010 NGS Family History ConferenceIn today’s edition of Vault Vednesday I’ll talk about Thursday classes at the NGS Family History Conference and the expansion of FamilySearch services.

NGS Conference Thursday’s Classes

A couple of weeks ago I shared my class picks for Vednesday. Here are just a few of the Thursday classes on my radar. For other classes you might enjoy better, check the schedule.

You may have missed the early-bird deadline, but don’t fret. Pre-registration can be postmarked up until 12 April 2010. There are just 33 days left.The conference begins 28 April 2010. There are just 49 days left.

FamilySearch Expansion

In January 1964, microfilm copying equipment was moved from the Taylor Building in Salt Lake City to the new Granite Mountain Record Vault (GMRV). Finishing work in offices and laboratory space was nearly complete and finishing of corridor floors later that spring would complete the vault.

The ability to economically copy microfilm at the vault made it possible for FamilySearch (under its previous name, the Genealogical Society of Utah) to experiment with branch libraries of the Salt Lake Family History Library

In 1964 FamilySearch announced that the first branch library would be established at the Brigham Young University library in Provo, Utah. Others would be created in Logan, Utah; Cardston, Canada; Mesa, Arizona; and Oakland, California. Branch libraries extended the microfilm resources held in Salt Lake to far away locations. The Family History Library card catalog was microfilmed for distribution to the branches. It was hoped that after a successful pilot, other branches would be added beyond these first five. Today we know branch libraries as Family History Centers (FHCs) and over 4,500 exist around the world.

Microfilming began in 1924. In 1968 FamilySearch added 46,000 microfilms, bringing its collection up to 650,000. Huge processing machines developed 85 feet of microfilm a minute, or about 80,000 feet a day. The number of family history centers had grown to 81, located in 37 states, Canada, New Zealand, and Mexico. The Family History Library had 230 microfilm readers and served 140,000 patrons each year. It held 90,000 books and added more than 200 new volumes each month.


     The Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Records Protection in an Uncertain World, 16 p. brochure ([Salt Lake City, Utah: self-published, 1973]).
     Arnold Irvine, "Genealogy… A Happy Epidemic Spreads," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 18 January 1964, Church News section, pp. 1, 8-9; digital images ( : accessed 25 December 2009).
     "World Conference On Records," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 2 August 1969, Church News section, pp. 1, 3-11; digital images ( : accessed 25 December 2009).

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your recommendations for the NGS conference. Just curious if you think it worthwhile to attend either of the BYU Family History conferences being held the same week. I'm not LDS but from the conference schedule it looks like I could pick up information I might miss at NGS. Your thoughts?
    p.s. can hardly wait for your Wednesday talk! :-)It will be good to put a REAL face with this blog!


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