It was interesting to read FBI Files -- CJIS Digitizes Millions of Files in Modernization Push.
The era of sliding drawers full of aging FBI files is drawing to a close. Millions of fingerprint cards, criminal history folders, and civil identity files that once filled rows upon rows of cabinets—and expansive warehouses—have been methodically converted into ones and zeroes. The digital conversion of more than 30 million records—and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards—comes as the FBI fully activates its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity information.
Do watch the video and read the box “A Dying Art” which gives insight into how finger-print matching used to take place.
Though we don’t often want to think we have scofflaws in our family, they leave such a rich paper trail that it is actually kind of nice to find one or more in the family. You can at least count on there being some paperwork about them. We have previously talked about Using FBI Files for Genealogy Research.
Some other neat resources if you are interested in pursuing research into FBI files are:
+ A Guide to Conducting Research in FBI Records -- detailed information about the records of the FBI
+ "The FBI and Your Ancestor?" by Melchiori, Marie Varrelman NGS NewsMagazine 32:4 (October/November/December 2006), pp. 24-28. [NGS members can access for FREE]
What do you think? Might future genealogists be able to more easily access these FBI files given that they are now digitized?
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to [email protected]. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to [email protected]
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!