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FamilySearch adds records to pilot Web site

FamilySearch has added more than 170 million records to its Records Search pilot program from England, Mexico, the Czech Republic and a number of states in the United States.

The pilot program, found at pilot.familysearch.org, is a tool that was added last year by FamilySearch Labs and allows users not only to browse through indexed records and their transcribed information, but also view the original images online and images of records that have yet to be indexed. The search utilities of the site and image viewer will be added to FamilySearch.org in the near future.

In June, 24 million names were added to the collection from England baptism and marriage records as well as an additional 72 million baptism records from Mexican parish documents dating back between 1659 to 1905. Another 3.1 million records come from the 1850 U.S. Census for the states of Maine, New Jersey and Ohio.

About 117,000 unindexed digital images were also added and are available for viewing online from Philadelphia marriages and Czech Republic church books.

The collections can be viewed for free and anyone interested in joining the indexing initiative or wanting to see what projects are currently being indexed can do so at familysearchindexing.org.

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