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Interesting article:

http://www.cnn.com/2...e.ap/index.html

Genealogical site digitizes millions of census records

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- An Internet company is adding U.S. Census records to boost its archive of searchable names to 5 billion, which it says is the most comprehensive genealogical database ever compiled.


Ancestry.com planned to announce Thursday that it has copied complete census records from 1790 to 1930, making it the only searchable, online repository of the documents.

The U.S. government waits 72 years before releasing original census documents. Copying the material took a team of experts and workers a combined 6.6 million hours of labor, Ancenstry.com said.

Workers deciphered the handwriting on millions of census forms, then indexed and cataloged every name, and scanned images of the census documents.

The material, which will be shown on the Web site starting Thursday, includes 13 million original census images scanned and transcribed from 15,000 rolls of microfilm.

The project added 540 million names, increasing the company's genealogical database to 600 terabytes of data. A terabyte equals a thousand billion bytes.

"We are just beginning to scratch the surface in terms of the amount of content we can offer and the millions of people all over the globe we can connect," chief executive Tim Sullivan said.

The information details people's moves across the country, their race, marital status, assets, residence, schooling and other personal information.

Ruth Carr, department chief of local history and genealogy at the New York Public Library, said researchers have had to work with "thousands of reels of microfilm."

"With the digitization of the census, it is now possible for someone to type a name in the search box, and within seconds view the image of the actual census page," she said.

The records revealed some quirks. For instance, Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary, reported growing only seven years older between the 1850 and the 1860 census.

Ancestry.com, which claims more than 725,000 paid subscribers, is part of a network of Web sites owned by MyFamily.com Inc.

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Super interesting. I can't stand their website, it's all hard sell and extra services, but you have to appreciate the amount of work they are pouring into this!

As I understand it, all of these ancestry sites (e.g. Genealogy.com (sp?), Ancestry.com, etc.) are run by the Mormons... or is the LDS's? And there is some religious reasoning/impetus for it. Anyone know?

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One of the tenets of LDS is to research and know your ancestry so they provide a lot of valuable resources to their members and the publis as well.

I have done a lot of research into my family history (no, I'm not LDS), and pay for the Ancesrty.com service. If you are into genealogy it is well worth the money. The digitized and searchable Census records are amazing. I have found a trove of valuable information about my relatives.

I was able to trace one great-great-grandfather through the census records of 1890-1930 from Baltimore as a teenager with his parents, to New York with his widowed mother and family as a Bank President. These are actual scanned hand written census records as they were taken by the pollster, listing address, occupation, and much more.

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