FamilySearch Archives Services
Obtaining a preservation-quality digital image of an original record is often costly and time-consuming for records custodians. FamilySearch dCam technology not only produces archive quality images, it also enables faster image publishing.
With dCam technology, camera operators can record rich descriptive metadata at the time of image capture, in industry standard XML format, so output can be published immediately with easy navigation. And dCam quality controls provide collection integrity, guaranteeing that no image is lost, corrupted, or altered after capture. FamilySearch image capture projects worldwide are currently producing over 80 million images per year. Whether you opt to do it yourself, or use one of our 200 camera teams, FamilySearch can help.
Digital technology has drastically changed how records are captured, stored, and accessed. As technology continues to make greater advances, the need to adapt increases. For record custodians who have a substantial collection of microfilm, FamilySearch can help you digitize your images using processes and software it has used to digitize its own collection of more than 2.4 million rolls of microfilm. FamilySearch can also provide digital image storage for your records.
Once an image is digitized, key data needs to be transcribed in order to produce a searchable index that patrons around the world can access. The FamilySearch online indexing application enables volunteers around the globe to quickly and accurately create indexes. Your archive can tap into this volunteer community for your indexing project, or you can use FamilySearch indexing tools to create your own indexing project.
If a record collection cannot be easily and accurately accessed, it is of little value to users. Whether your goal is to make your records freely available to the public or to help supplement your budget needs, FamilySearch can assist you. To minimize your costs and increase access for your users, FamilySearch can host and post your indexes and records on FamilySearch.org, or it can provide tools and expertise that enable you to create your own hosted access.
Archival copies of microfilm, microfiche, and digital records from over 100 countries and spanning hundreds of years are safely stored in the Granite Mountain Records Vault, a long-term storage facility designed for preservation. In many cases, FamilySearch has been able to provide an archive-quality copy of stored records to archives where the original has been destroyed by earthquake, fire, flood, tornado, war, or human error. A second preservation facility will provide additional protection with state-of-the-art security measures.
FamilySearch’s preservation facilities provide the following technological and physical security measures:
- Fully automated fixity checking, media validation, and media refresh to enable maximum record protection
- Timely and efficient record migration to new technologies as formats become obsolete so records can continue to be read and accessed in the long term
- Conversion and preservation processes that are OAIS-compliant
- Collections housed in multiple tape libraries located in diverse geographic locations providing high capacity, scalability, and disaster protection
- Use of the latest high-density media
- Quick and efficient processing of incoming records collections—a system processing over 20 terabytes per day and increasing as technology advances
- Clustered server configuration for virtually unlimited scalability
- Climate control, fire prevention, deep infrastructure, emergency power backup, and digital record replication