1. 1938

    Genealogical Society of Utah pioneers the use of microfilming by filming records from archives throughout the world.

  2. 1942

    The Family Group Record Archive, a manually indexed collection of shared genealogies, is created.

  3. 1963

    The Granite Mountain Records Vault, a state-of-the-art, controlled-climate storage facility is completed. This vault has been used ever since to store preservation copies of microfilms and digital records from over 100 countries that span several hundred years.

  4. 1970

    Introduction of family history centers, branch libraries where patrons can get free access to information from more than 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed records. Today there are more than 4,600 of these centers in operation worldwide.

  5. 1985

    FamilySearch introduces the GEDCOM standard, which provides researchers the ability to exchange their genealogy data files with others.

  6. 1995

    Pedigree Resource File launched, which made it possible for genealogists to post their family pedigree in an online and CD-based database for others to access.

  7. 1998

    FamilySearch uses digital imaging technology to capture new images and convert millions of rolls of microfilm to digital images. Technology also allows FamilySearch to create easy-to-use indexes that link names to these digitized images.

  8. 1999

    A new website,, goes live, providing an online medium for making family history and historical records easily available to the public anywhere in the world at no cost.

  9. 2012

    dCamX image capture technology and Digital Reading Room (DRR) solutions introduced, opening a new era of digital capture and sharing. These technologies are now being provided to archives around the world, allowing them to capture and share their own records with their users.

    In addition to the Granite Mountain Records Vault, a multi-million dollar, specialized digital preservation facility is currently under development. This state-of-the-art archive will provide the best possible protection for the valuable historical and genealogical records that have been and will be digitally archived by FamilySearch.


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