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Unlocking the Vault: Conversion to Digital Records is Progressing

Members may not have to wonder what lies behind the 14-ton vault door at the Church's Granite Mountain Vault Records (GMVR) facility for much longer. In as little as 10 years, much of its genealogical collection may be at their fingertips.

The billions of names preserved on microfilmed records at the vault are being converted to digital images that can eventually be viewed online at FamilySearch.org and ultimately searched in and linked to an online index. The process of digitizing the microfilm is now faster than ever through a “bleeding edge” technology system called FamilySearch™ Scanning.

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Just to inform those who have ancestors from Norway: The Norwegian Digital Archive has already digitized 697646 pages from Norwegian church records and they are available from: http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read

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