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Records Access Program Begins Genesis Project
15 May 2007

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch today began distributing a Request for Information (RFI) for its Genesis project—a key component of the Records Access Program announced in May 2007.

The Records Access program increases public access to vast genealogy collections worldwide by enabling record custodians to publish their records online. Custodians may choose to publish the records by themselves or with the assistance of FamilySearch or affiliate genealogical websites and historical societies. The free services are a boon to archives and other records custodians who wish to digitize, index, publish, and preserve their collections.

The RFI for the Records Access Genesis Project involves evaluating a proposed publishing model for preparing digital information (images and/or indexes) related to certain genealogical record datasets. The initial datasets target an impressive list of censuses, civil registrations, and church, land, and military records that FamilySearch intends to publish online within the next 24 months.

The RFI seeks responses from both records custodians and service providers who are interested in publishing the datasets listed in the RFI. The datasets are only a sample of the projects FamilySearch intends to publish.

Submitters are also encouraged to suggest alternative datasets of similar types or even alternative publishing models that might better fit their business needs. FamilySearch intends to produce the projects with the appropriate records custodian and therefore may amend listed datasets, modify the requirements, or extend the timeframe required to publish any given dataset.

Records custodians and service providers interested in participating in this groundbreaking initiative should download the cover letter and download the request for information. Inquiries may be directed to David Harding ( or Ransom Love (

Note that completed RFI's must be received by September 14, 2007

and my thanks to Genealogy Insider

"Genesis Project" FamilySearch - Google Search


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