11 September 2015

Arizona State Library and Archives & FamilySearch Partner to Make Genealogy Records Accessible

Back in July we discussed that the Arizona State Genealogy Library was in jeopardy.

... FamilySearch is providing scanning and digital hosting services for 5,000 books at no cost to the state. In return, FamilySearch will make the digital images of the books freely available online for research globally. Once scanning is complete, the original copies of the books will return to Arizona. Scanning is expected to take about six months to complete.

Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch International, said, “We are happy to join with the Arizona State Library and Archives to digitally preserve and make some of their historical book collections more accessible to their patrons worldwide. Each of the books contains countless rich stories about ancestors that are just waiting to be more readily discovered and told. We are excited to help patrons begin making those connections through this project.” ...

You can read the full press release at the provided link.

It’s encouraging to read that part of the extensive collection of the Arizona state Genealogy Library which was at risk will be available to researchers world wide through this partnership with FamilySearch.

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