FamilySearch started collecting genealogical records in 1897. I remember going to the old library in Salt Lake City when I was just little fellow and and been a regular patron in all of the subsequent buildings that housed the library.
The collections available from FamilySearch have grown dramatically since my first visit. Every time I think I’ve run out of new resources to explore at FamilySearch, I’m immediately proven wrong, especially today, with the massive digitization and indexing projects that are bringing all of the images on microfilm in the FamilySearch vaults onto the Internet in easily searchable form.
To extend the depth of records available at FamilySearch, the funding for records acquisition is supplemented with agreements with many entities around the world where FamilySearch films the records and stores the images in their granite vaults in return for giving the records holders copies of the microfilm and digital images along with the knowledge that a copy of their records are safely stored in one of the most secure and stable locations in the world.
An example of the joint effort between a record holder outside of FamilySearch is that of the Allen County Library and FamilySearch.
In the video, Kurt Witcher mentions the power of the FamilySearch Research Wiki that helps researchers find the records collections they need and how to understand them.
We live in a wonderful day as genealogy researchers with so many records available out our fingertips along with millions of additional images being added to the FamilySearch Collections every month.