Did you know that CDs have an expiration date? So do external hard drives, flash disk storage, and many other technologies that hold electronic records. Saving these electronic records is an important work, which is why each year on October 10th, we celebrate Electronic Records Day, a day set aside remember the vital work of preserving electronic records and the difference that these records make in our world today.
Record preservation is the sort of thing we get passionate about here at FamilySearch! One of our main goals is to help more records become available to more people. Last year, we created 32 million images of records in North America, many of which were probate and marriage records, along with naturalization, immigration, and military records.
Some of our most exciting collections that came from those images include records from the War of 1812, World War II, and Ellis Island.
Preserving Electronic Records
A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into preserving these records. As part of Electronic Records Day, we want to thank the research teams, engineers, archivists, and countless others, including our indexing volunteers, who put in over 4 million service hours in 2018!
We are continuing to work to make more records available to more countries so that others can discover the story of their families. We are especially excited to join with other organizations on this special day to celebrate the saving of these important records.
The story of the human family is vibrant, colorful, and unique, and there is something grounding about discovering our family’s place in it. Maintaining access to these historical records means maintaining lessons from our past. We hope you celebrate with us today by saving some of your own electronic records!