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Thursday, October 21, 2010

FamilySearch Bloggers Day in Salt Lake continued -- Part Two

The meeting setting is in a relatively small room stuffed with electronics know as the Beehive or Hive meeting room: (the views and observations in this post and others are my own, they are not necessarily those of the presenters or FamilySearch)

Always interesting tidbits:

FamilySearch is seeking a second location redundant archive site to backup the records, such as those in the Granite Vault.

Experimenting with scaling services world wide with scaling of services increasing world wide. The Riverton Center is an example of the interest generated in genealogy by the new facility. The Riverton Center consolidates a large number of smaller Family History Centers in order to offer better training and resources.

The name FamilySearch, will continue to be used more frequently as a brand but there is no present plan to replace the names of the present Family History Centers, although it could happen.

There are some serious issues with determining the actual model of the Family Tree structure (i.e. New FamilySearch). Correlation is one of main issues between all of the disparate submissions and having a collaboration model that will resolve some of the issues present in the program. They are more than aware of the unreliable data and lack of sources. Implementing a quality source mechanism is a high priority.

500,000,000 indexed records so far in FamilySearch Indexing.

FamilySearch is looking for better search strategies, storage of new data, preservation of old data, software that uses less space, improved research tools and services with online records, understanding digital preservation, improved and consistent sourcing tools.


Rootstech a new genealogy and technology conference in Salt Lake City 10-12 February, 2011to be held in the Salt Palace, to define the future of genealogy and family history research; helping technology users and creators work together to find solutions; foster technical innovation and collaboration in genealogy; educate software developers on the best solutions; attract genius to help solve genealogical problems; a conference for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.

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