Reflective of the "new harvest time" that Elder Russell M. Nelson heralded in his recent general conference address, the Church Family History Department is on the verge of releasing a series of new resources to help in researching and redeeming the dead.
Already announced at general conference were three new products, available through Church distribution centers:- Family History SourceGuide, the first automated Windows product of its kind for the Church, compiling information from more than 150 research guides available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and Family History Centers throughout the world. Available for $20, it is described as being "like having your very own reference librarian in the convenience of your own home."
- 1851 British Census (for the counties of Norfolk, Devon and Warwick), containing about 1.5 million records on one compact disc. Cost is $5.
- Australian Vital Records Index, containing 4.8 million entries; birth, death and marriage records covering the states of New South Wales (1788-1888), Tasmania (1803-99), Victoria (1837-88), and Western Australia (1841-1905). Cost is $20.
In addition, the following products will be available in the future:
- Vital Record Indexes containing 25 million records on compact disc. These are extractions of christening and marriage records from many regions of the world. The records will be produced and sold by regions. The British Isles (about 5 million records) and the U.S./Canada discs (about 5 million records) will be available later this year.
- 1881 British Census, containing about 29 million records, including England, Wales and Scotland. It will cover successive regions, with the first regions available late this year.
- 1880 U.S. Census, containing about 50 million records. It will be produced and distributed by regions late this year.