Posted By:Ted Arbon
Subject:Big Web Site, FS
Post Date:November 29, 1999 at 08:31:07
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Huge upgrade for FamilySearch
Associated Press
The world's biggest online genealogical collection is about to get bigger.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has added 240 million names to its
640-million name archive. The church maintains the runaway Internet hit "FamilySearch."
The boost is the largest single upgrade since the Web site was launched last May.
Site designers vastly underestimated the number of people that would use the Web site,
which receives up to 10 million "hits" a day.
Web site spokesman Paul Nauta argues those totals make FamilySearch the Internet's hottest service.
That claim is difficult to confirm, though, given the varying methods such Web stalwarts
as America Online, Microsoft and Yahoo! use to measure use.
But by any measure, the church's site and its more than 300,000 registered users account for one
of the Web's most popular stops.
Todd Christoffersen, executive director of the LDS Church's Family History Department, said the latest names were gathered primarily from Western Europe, Scandinavia and Mexico and by themselves surpass the size of most other genealogical databases on the Web.
FamilySearch will continue to be offered as a free service, though church officials have hinted that some sort of fee may eventually be charged.
In addition to other online archives, like the 35 million-name Ancestral File, FamilySearch plans early next year to index the new Pedigree Resource File, a database of family history records being transmitted or "uploaded" to the site by users.
The pedigree file, already listing more than 5 million names, is projected to grow at the rate of 1.2 million names per month.
Family history has been an LDS Church priority since the its earliest days. The church officially began compiling genealogical records in 1984, primarily using the information in LDS temple ordinances.
Today, the church maintains records of more than 2 billion people, safeguarding the information on millions of rolls of microfilm stored in granite vaults inside Little Cottonwood Canyon south of Salt Lake City.
FamilySearch can be found at on the Internet.
Copyright 1999, Deseret News Publishing Corp.