The following announcement was written by FamilyLink.com, Inc.:
The GenSeeker Project [is] a unique initiative, recruiting traveling family researchers as "GenSeekers" to introduce local communities throughout the U.S. to GenSeek, a social media website devoted to the monumental task of digitizing and sharing family histories found in small towns.
The GenSeekers' roadshows are planned to commence in the Fall of 2009, coinciding with the scheduled launch of GenSeek. GenSeekers will teach community librarians, local historical archivists and others how easy it is to use the website to contribute to and share content found on FamilySearch's Family History Library Catalog. To learn more about becoming a GenSeeker or to register to receive notification when GenSeek is ready to launch, visit www.genseek.com.
"While many large record sets, such as U.S. Census records, are now available online, there are still billions of important records located in small communities just waiting to be digitized," said Paul Allen, CEO of FamilyLink.com, Inc. "The ease of sharing family history using GenSeek is unprecedented, and it will enable those with the best access to these treasures of family history to add their unique content to the largest catalog of genealogy resources in the world. The result will be a wealth of family history benefitting people throughout the world."
FamilyLink and FamilySearch previously partnered in 2008 to improve the user experience of the Family History Library Catalog with increased search functionality and user interactivity.
GenSeek will feature a new, enhanced version of the Family History Library Catalog, which is used extensively by genealogy enthusiasts. It is a window to the vast collection of genealogical resources amassed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the past 100 years-millions of microfilms, fiche, and books from 110+ countries throughout the world.
"Someone in every community feels a need to preserve and organize historical records, and GenSeekers will provide them with instruction on how easy it is to get started," Allen said.