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August 22, 2008

GENEALOGY: FamilySearch pilot project still growing

TERRE HAUTE — FamilySearch announces that its pilot project continues to add names and data. About 1.2 million new images have been added to the Web site, bringing the total up to 43.6 million documents and records. Lately, the 1841 and 1861 British censuses have been added to the site with links to findmypast.com.

Although the images from the pilot project are being tied to two commercial Web sites — ancestry.com and findmypast.com — FamilySearch ensures the public of its intention to keep the indexes to the databases free and open to all. However, access to the actual images may not always be free to everyone.

According to a FamilySearch spokesperson, “The general public will have several options to access any fee-based images offered under FamilySearch affiliate agreements. 1) Home access will be free for FamilySearch members; 2) access is free through a local Family History Center or the Family History Library; 3) access is often free through the record custodian or archive reading room; or 4) for a nominal fee, the public can access the images on specified record custodian or commercial Web sites.”

This is a good reason to keep checking back at the above Web site as more databases are added to the pilot project. Access to this information will be free as long as it is in this preliminary phase.

The latest updates to the site include the addition of the Ohio World War II draft registration cards, the addition of the state of Coahulia to the 1930 Mexican census, the addition of marriages for 14 more counties in the West Virginia Vital Records Index, and addition of the 1885, 1935, and 1845 Florida state censuses.

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The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society announces that a special computer class will be conducted Sept. 27 in Room C at the Vigo County Public Library. The class will focus on using scanners and digital cameras to enhance your genealogical work. The class is free and open to the public. If you have a laptop, bring it along to the class. To get a free photo software program to add to your computer, go to Google.com and download Picasa. Contact Tom Isbell at for more information on this class and for the time of the class, which is still unannounced.

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