Paul Nauta is the Manager of Public Affairs at FamilySearch. He is actively involved with all the new services being released by FamilySearch and he has been a big help to me in keeping me updated in the past few years about everything that is new. If you've been reading this newsletter for a while, you already know that there is a LOT that is new at FamilySearch all the time.
I had a chance to catch Paul in person at the recent FGS conference in Philadelphia.
Paul kindly sat down with me and explained some of the most recent projects of FamilySearch, the world's largest archive of genealogical records. Paul talked about the huge library in Salt Lake City, the 4,500 local Family History Centers around the world, the www.FamilySearch.org website, and the 8- to 10-year effort to convert all the microfilms to digital images. FamilySearch presently adds 40 million images per year. Paul also described the FamilySearch Indexing project.
The RootsTelevision camera crew caught our conversation on videotape and you can watch and listen to our conversation at http://rootstelevision.com/players/player_conferences.php?bctid=1794986844.