Paul Nauta of FamilySearch addresses bloggers Tuesday
And so as I write this Tuesday evening I am perched waiting for another NGS conference to begin.
Earlier Tuesday evening I attended a pre-NGS news briefing by FamilySearch and learned a thing or two.
- FamilySearch has published 530 million images and 1.7 billion indexed records.
- FamilySearch has signed an agreement with the Italian government to digitize all their civil registration records.
- More than 650 societies are helping index the 1940 census.
- More than 460 “blog ambassadors” are helping spread the word.
- Just over 30% of the census has been indexed.
- By the time you read this, there supposedly will be indexes published for six states. Do I remember which they were? Ummm. Delaware and Colorado, then Kansas. New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia. By my calculation, that amounts to 5.47% of the census. (On a related note, I noticed today that MyHeritage added New York to their index. That’s a huge state and boosts their completed percentage to 10.51%. Their horse bounds into the published index lead at nearly double the FamilySearch total.)
- Eight additional states are at 100%. After hitting an indexing project hits 100%, FamilySearch does a time-consuming audit, spot checks errors, bundles up the data ready for publication, shares it with her Community Project partners, gives them a chance to get published, and then publishes it on FamilySearch. (Now if FamilySearch’s publishing arm could speed up to the velocity of her indexers…)
- FamilySearch’s goal for image publication for the year is 400 million images. Compare that to the 4 million images of the 1940 census. Even bigger, the Granite Mountain Record Vault is thought to contain 3.5 billion images. The point: FamilySearch needs indexing volunteers to stick around after the 1940 census and it needs a whole lot more.
- FamilySearch teams are out capturing more records all the time. A system called Field Express adds 75 million images annually.
- The current projection is that 1940 indexing will be complete in July.
- Within weeks, the index from A Billion Graves will be posted on FamilySearch.
- FamilySearch hopes to ship by the end of the year a feature that would allow you to annotate records with corrections.
- They are working on new arbitration models that would cut down on the amount of arbitration that must be made.
Besides the U.S. status map at www.familysearch.org/1940census, there is also a secret status dashboard at https://the1940census.com/dashboard/ that gives various statistics about the indexing project. One graph shows number of records indexed per day (lately about 1.3 million records):
Stay tuned for more NGS Conference news…
(Private message: Happy Birthday, Mr. Myrt.)