FamilySearch Books Project

The Family History Books Project at FamilySearch represents yet another massive project that will benefit millions of genealogy researchers around the world.

It is a huge project.  It is a wonderful project.  I can’t wait for it to be completed.  Fortunately, you and I don’t have to wait until the end of the project to access the books in their new .pdf format.  We can see the output of the project every month.


Nathan W. Murphy of FamilySearch is adding a post to the FamilySearch Blog every month that includes a link to a list of the books processed in the previous month.  Today, he told me that he is putting a link to all of the previous progress lists at the bottom of each blog new post. 

Nathan’s work in compiling the lists is of huge benefit the genealogy community, keeping us in the loop and reporting the progress of the project.  Eventually, the books will all be listed in the FamilySearch Catalog.

What books are in the project?

They involve the massive family history book collections at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston, Texas and the Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri among others.

Nathan reports that over 1500 books were added to the collection in June 2012 alone.

The genealogies, family histories and genealogy research in them comes from the British Isles, Compiled Family History Books, International Books and in the United States and Canada.

Currently, the books being digitized are mostly English-language that are either out of copyright or whose authors have given permission for the books to be placed online.

The U.S. Census images on FamilySearch have the highest quality resolution of any online census image collection.  The Family History books are enjoying that same level of high accuracy OCR scanning.

Here are the links for the compiled books completed in June 2012

When you look at the books, please note that for the present, the URL address you’ll see in your browser address field is NOT the permanent link address.  The new design structure is still under development, HOWEVER, the URL addresses listed in Nathan’s monthly report are the permanent address and can be safely used for your own sites or as a source link in the Family Tree on FamilySearch.


Thanks FamilySearch!   You’ve made all of us resource rich once again thanks to your efforts and for the resources and financial commitments required to support this project.

Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2012-09-02 08:00:00
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