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Volume: 6 | Article ID: art00031
The FamilySearch Digital Process
  DOI :  10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2009.6.1.art00031  Published OnlineJanuary 2009

FamilySearch International (“FamilySearch”) is a non-profit organization that captures images and metadata from documents in archives worldwide and hosts them or facilitates archive hosting for individuals doing genealogical research. FamilySearch developed a “Digital Pipeline” to capture 40 million images and metadata per year from original records. The pipeline also includes scanning 65 million images in 2008 from the 2.4 million roll microfilm collection. These images and metadata are processed, cataloged, indexed, hosted and preserved. The organization has developed hardware and software such as a digital camera and microfilm scanning systems that are used in the Digital Pipeline. An Internet indexing application known as FamilySearch Indexing is available to volunteers to index images from their homes. FamilySearch develops and implements internal standards for images and metadata. These standards are presented to national and international standards organizations for consideration as national and international standards.This paper will present the various processes within the Digital Pipeline and the tools and standards which were developed to facilitate those processes. It will explain the cooperative, ongoing efforts of FamilySearch with archives and record repositories worldwide. Details on how FamilySearch works with third-party affiliates to capture, index and host images for archives will also be outlined.

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Richard J. Laxman, "The FamilySearch Digital Processin Proc. IS&T Archiving 2009,  2009,  pp 151 - 156,

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