Monday, October 3, 2016
More than a 1000 books a week digitized for the FamilySearch Books Collection
As of the date of this blog post, the FamilySearch.org website had 309,198 digitized books in its online books collection. This is up from 303,452 digitized books at the end of August or more than 1000 a week. This compares favorably to the 447,870 digitized publications on MyHeritage.com and the fact that the combined total is approaching 1 million. Granted some of the books between the two websites are duplicates, but the number now exceeds the total number of books, serials and other formatted material in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah which is reported to have 356,000. In another year, at this rate, the online collection of books on FamilySearch.org alone will exceed the number of publications in the Family History Library.
The implications of these facts should be obvious if we also take into consideration the fact that the 2.4 million rolls of microfilm now in the Granite Vault will also all be digitized in a relatively short time.