LDS Church sends teams around world to photograph records

Nov 10 2012 - 6:54pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church is stepping up its efforts to assist genealogists by sending teams around the world to photograph important documents.

KSL reports The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors the nonprofit family history organization FamilySearch, which plans to post 320 million microfilm images online this year.

About 200 teams are visiting churches and archives in 45 countries, and photographing birth, death, church and immigration records as well as wills.

The images are then sent to Salt Lake City and posted within a month on FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch boasts the largest collection of family history records in the world.

Genealogy is a fast-growing pastime in the United States, with between 18 million and 23 million Americans taking part in it.

 

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