Friday, April 3, 2015
The photos of the that the Hasler's take are stored on a large cassette, about the size of a large paperback book. Two copies are made: one is sent to Church HQ, and when it is "verified", it goes to the Granite Mountain records storage vaults in Little Cottonwood Canyon on the east side of SLC. Here, the images are permanently and securely stored. The next step is to take copies of each of these images and then the individual images are made available for "indexing", where the data (names, dates, events, places and other data) is entered into a digital, searchable record. Two people - volunteers, including youth - will independently enter the data from a single record. If their results are the same in every field, then the record is "verified". If the two results are not identical, then both go to an experienced "arbitrator", who looks at the original record, the data entries, and decides what's correct. Once verified/arbitrated, the record then becomes available in familysearch.org for use by members and friends who are looking for their ancestors. This is quite an involved process, but by utilizing original records, photos, storage, and lots of resources and volunteers, up to 1.4 million new records are made available for use in familysearch each day!