July 2, 2010
Dear Family History Consultants, FHC Directors, Extraction Directors, and Priesthood Leaders:
We are pleased to send you this monthly update in an effort to keep you abreast of events and information that can help you help others.
Consultant Fireside Video Now Available
On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, Elder Allan F. Packer of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and one of the Executive Directors for the Family History Department of the Church (aka FamilySearch), held a special fireside in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, in conjunction with the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference that was held the same week. This fireside was directed toward local family history consultants, but its message is pertinent to all who are engaged in this vital saving work. You can find the video recording of this fireside on the Family History page of Serving in the Church on LDS.org. Click here to find the links for the fireside in both English and Spanish.
Record Search Update: 26 Million New Names Added
Twenty-nine new collections were updated or added last week at FamilySearch.org—with 26 million names and 1.5 million digital images! The international collections continue to expand, with exciting new additions for Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Mexico, and Spain. In addition, nine indexes were added to the U.S. 1910 Federal Census collection—that means it is 37 percent complete! This project is moving along quickly.
There are now 428 collections from original source records available online. Search all of these great collections at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot.
A project to index Freedmen Letters from North Carolina is now available. This is the second Freedmen’s Bureau collection FamilySearch has worked on with the National Archives. These records provide the earliest major compilation of information on many emancipated slaves, freed Blacks, and Black Union soldiers, including names, marriages, education and employment information, and receipt of rations, health care, and legal support. Click here for the latest Indexing projects, news, and updates.