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Eyewitness Report of NGS Conference in Salt Lake City

Our friend Gary Jones, an employee of the Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse, NY has sent in some items of interest to our Upstate New York Genealogy blog.

“What a great conference and the Family History Library was unbelievable.   It will be a while for me to process what I learned but will definitely email you some tidbits.

I did attend the reception where the Senior VP of Product Development Eric Shoup and CEO Tim Sullivan announced a revamped search engine that will offer new and more precise search options for the advanced user while maintaining a simpler search option for the novice. will release a Mac version of Family Tree Maker before the end of the year. I saw a demo of the alpha version and really like it.  I’ll be beta testing the MAC version of FTM for them.  I switched to Mac 2 years ago and will never go back to a PC, so I am really excited about this.

And yes, they will have an iPad application to go with it! Later, Gary.”

Another item of interest in addition to our recent report about the 300 million new names to the LDS beta search engine they have added an unknown quantity of death notices and other historical records.  The largest quantity of extracted vital records that have been available previously has been of birth/christening and marriage records, so it is great to see that LDS is now also adding large quantities of death records.  I used it on a few names and came up with some awesome quality census images also.

You may search for this series at:

Read our previous post on this subject here:

300 Million Names Added to LDS Online Search Database

The NGS conference is being held in Salt Lake City this week and FamilySearch President Jay Verkler said 300 million more names will be available online this week through the LDS Church’s family history service.

The church’s Worldwide Indexing project, created mostly by volunteers digitize images of microfilmed records from the Mormon collection of microfilm and transcribe the records so they can be indexed and searched easily online by people at home.

This addition of 300 million names adds to a few hundred million indexed names that are already accessible.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has plans to index all of the approximately 3.5 billion names stored on microfilm.  It will take about 10 years to index all of the records, a task previously projected to take more than a century to complete.

The new search site is in beta and may be searched from home now at:

The original search utility may be found at:

These new additions to the name index are primarily from the United States and Europe.  I tested a few from some of my known German areas and am finding many new opportunities for further research.

Personally, I like the search index very much, but find the gold is in the library catalog.  On any new project I always go to and click on “Library” and then click on the “Library Catalog” tab in the drop down menu, then go to either:
Place Search
Surname Search
Keyword Search
Film/Fiche Search
Author search
Subject Search, or
Call Number Search.

These choices will tell you what microfilms they have on your topic of choice and then you can order the original records on microfilm to be delivered to your own local Family History Center.

Thank you volunteers!

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