Volunteers to Scan 40,000 Historic Titles at Onondaga County Public Library for Free Online Access

First it was a trickle, then a stream, then a river, and then the flow became a tsunami. Organizations everywhere are rushing to digitize books wherever they may be found. Through an agreement with FamilySearch.org, the Onondaga County (New York) Public Library’s collection of more than 40,000 historic titles soon will be carefully scanned, one page at a time, and uploaded for free genealogy research online.

FamilySearch supplied the scanning equipment. Volunteers supply the time. The project is expected to take more than a year to complete. Work got underway last week.

Once books are gathered, scans are sent to Salt Lake City, Utah, where FamilySearch uses a program to search key words and organize them for online users. The process, from collecting an archive to uploading it for access, takes roughly two to four weeks.

Central New Yorkers and researchers across the world can expect to see the first archives from the Onondaga County Public Library appear on the FamilySearch.org in the next few weeks.

You can read more about the project, including a description of the many genealogy records that are unique to the Onondaga County Public Library, in an article on WSYR-TV’s web site at http://goo.gl/qFdP2T.


I am so excited about this! The Onondaga County Library has a wonderful genealogical library and archive. I visited there over 15 years ago and have often wished I could go back now that I am at a different place in my research.


I look forward to the access. I have some Dutchers in New County in my genealogy pages and hope to find some new information on them if some Dutcher books are scanned.


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