Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vault Vednesday: Food, Film, and Family History Centers

2010 NGS Family History ConferenceIn today’s edition of Vault Vednesday I’ll talk about luncheons and dinners at the NGS Family History Conference and the increase of family history centers and film at the Granite Mountain Record Vault (GMRV).

NGS Conference Luncheons/Dinners

To properly appreciate the delicate flavors of a fine, multi-course dinner, one must cleanse the palate between each course. The same is true when tasting dozens of wonderful classes at the multi-day National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference. A wonderful way to cleanse the palate of the mind is attending the luncheons and dinners. (Hey! I love to eat!)

Presentations are generally light, allowing your brain a much needed rest. I’m signed up for several of these.

Date of Session Start Time Session Number Event Presentation Title Presenters
28-Apr 12:15 PM W131 Federation of Genealogical Societies Luncheon Rediscovering America's First Frontier Cherel Henderson, Kent Whitworth
28-Apr 12:15 PM W132 NIGRAA Luncheon Sleep Deprivation and Archival Withdrawal: The Post-NIGR Experience. David McDonald, CG
28-Apr 12:15 PM W133 Palatines to America Luncheon Those Revolting Germans James Jeffrey
28-Apr 7:00 PM W164 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Banquet Tales from the Editor's Desk Michael J. Leclerc
28-Apr 7:00 PM W165 United Polish Genealogical Societies Banquet Hidden Sources for Finding Family Stories Loretto Dennis Szucs
29-Apr 12:15 PM T231 Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon It's All in How You Look at It: An Opportunity or a Chore Barbara Vines Little, CG
29-Apr 12:15 PM T232 Utah Genealogical Association Luncheon Genealogy: It's Not Just for Mormons DearMyrtle
29-Apr 12:15 PM T233 International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Luncheon Ask the British Isles Genealogy Experts Panel
30-Apr 12:00 PM F331 Association of Professional Genealogists Luncheon Growing Up Genealogically Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG
30-Apr 12:15 PM F332 FamilySearch Luncheon FamilySearch’s Latest Research Tools: Genealogists Take Note! Don Anderson
30-Apr 12:15 PM F333 New England Historic Genealogical Society Luncheon Finding Family Treasures at NEHGS Judy Lucey
30-Apr 7:00 PM F362 NGS Banquet Unpuzzling The Castle Class: Exploring the Intrigues and Interconnections of Royalty David McDonald, CG
1-May 12:00 PM S431 NGS GenTech Luncheon The Top 10 Areas Where Technology Can Still Make a Real Difference in Genealogy–Could You Please Hurry? David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
1-May 12:15 PM S432 Genealogical Speakers Guild Luncheon From Index Cards to Powerpoint and Beyond Maureen A. Taylor
1-May 12:15 PM S433 ICAPGen Luncheon Thinking Creatively About Research Problems Apryl Cox, AG

Prices vary and can be found in the conference registration web pages.

I’d like to say thank you to the authors of the Conference Blog. The blog recently featured you-know-who. Read the blog at


Pre-registration must be postmarked by 12 April 2010. There are just 12 days left.
The conference begins 28 April 2010. There are just 28 days left.

The Vault: Growth of Film, Family History Centers

This chart shows that growth in the FamilySearch (Genealogical Society of Utah) microfilm collection took off once the Granite Mountain Record Vault was completed.

Growth of FamilySearch Microfilm Collection

Year # of Microfilms Notes
1938 12  
~1949 50,000  
1951 ~65,000  
1956 ~130,000  
~1959 200,000-  
1961 ~250,000  
1966 ~500,000  
1971 ?86,000 100 FHCs in U.S., Canada, Mexico, South Pacific. The equivalent to 25 million standard volumes of 300 pages each.
1972 712,945 In 17 countries. 712,945 100-foot rolls of microfilm are the equivalent of over 3,401,301 printed volumes of 300 pages each.
1973 796,804 In 27 countries. 796,804 100-foot rolls of microfilm is equivalent to 3,801,373 printed volumes of 300 pages each.
1974 836,952 In 27 countries. 836,952 one hundred-foot rolls of microfilm are the equivalent of over 3,992,911 printed volumes of 300 pages each.
1975 876,532 In 37 countries. 876,532 100-foot rolls of microfilm are the equivalent of over 4,219,504 printed volumes of 300 pages each.
And 1,000s more films/month. 128,000 books. 400 new books/month.
1976 910,661 In 35 countries using 80 microfilm cameras and five oral interviewers. During 1976 microfilm holdings increased by 4.5 percent equivalent to 4,334,559 volumes of 300 pages each.
1977 949,000 In 36 countries. 949,000 one-hundred-foot rolls of microfilm is equivalent to 4,517,000 volumes of 300 pages each.
1978 983,000 In 43 countries. 983,000 one-hundred-foot rolls of microfilm is equivalent to 4,679,000 volumes of 300 pages each. And 85 cameras adding 4,000 rolls/month
1979 1,024,000 In 39 countries. 1,024,000 one-hundred-foot rolls of microfilm, equivalent to 4,927,000 volumes of 300 pages each.
1983 1,250,000  
1987 1,450,000+ 180,000 books. 8,000,000 family group record forms.
1988 ~1,500,000 More than 1/2 billion images. 200 cameras in 40 countries. In 1985 added 37 million records and in 1988 added 90 million records. 7,000 miles of film duplicated for FHCs annually. And 100+ cameras. 180,000 books books, periodicals, etc. 1,000+ FHCs in North & South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, Pacific.
1989 1,600,000

3 exposures per seconds. 200 cameras in 40 countries. 1,400 FHCs. Duplicated 8,400 miles of film for distribution.

1991 1,700,000 Increasing by 40,000 rolls/year
1995 1,800,000  
1996 1,900,000 Adding 5,000 rolls/month
1998 2,000,000+

700,000 microfiches

3,000+ FHCs. 280,000 books. Microfilming in 110 countries. Vault has 2 billion exposures, ~13 billion names. A total of 329,434,125 names have been indexed by 50,000+ volunteers. 8,000 volunteers transcribed 30,000 names in the 1881 British census.

2005 2,300,000+  

Use hyperlinks to see sources.

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