The following are my tweets from the opening session of the National Genealogical Society conference held last week in Salt Lake City. I am re-posting my tweets from the conference just in case you missed them and would like to know about some of the classes I attended.
- Opening Session - Jay Verkler, CEO of FamilySearch, is talking about technology and how it is advancing so fast.
- Genealogy community is using more and more technology like social networks, digitization, organization and sharing
- FamilySearch's goal since the beginning in late 1800's - collect and copy, preserve, and distribute.
- Verkler is showing a video of the Granite Mountain Vault outside of Salt Lake City
- The microfilm in the vault holds about 3.5 billion images!! And there is more room to grow!
- Some records in the vault are the only copies that exist! Now they are working on digitizing these records.
- Digitization was going to take over a century, but with new technology it will take about 10 years!!
- Over 300,000 registered indexers that help with the digitization process!! Learn more at familysearch.org
- 300 million new records on FamilySearch!!
- In 1984 the GEDCOM standard was set
- FS(FamilySearch) has been working on a collaboration effort called Family Tree
- He is talking about using the iPhone to "pinpoint" his location in a cemetery for reference. <3 the iPhone!
- Even "deep experts" need to collaborate with other "deep experts"
- Now talking about the FS Wiki. "Fundamentally designed for sharing"
- Encourages to contribute to the wiki. Learn more at wiki.familysearch.org
- Register at beta.familysearch.org
After Verkler's presentation the exhibit hall opened with a LOT of different vendors, products, technology, and more. In my next post I will be talking about a few of the exhibitors and following that I will be posting more of my tweets from the first class of the conference. If you would like to keep up-to-date with future tweets from conferences, be sure to follow me on Twitter.