Mormon church to add 300 million names this week to online genealogy pool

The pool of genealogical records you can access with your home computer is about to get richer and deeper.

FamilySearch President Jay Verkler said 300 million more names will be available online this week through the LDS Church's family history service. Verkler made the announcement to applause at Wednesday's opening session of the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Salt Lake City.

Verkler described the church's Worldwide Indexing project, in which volunteers working at their home computers read digitized images of microfilmed records stored in the church's Granite Mountain Records Vault in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The volunteers transcribe the records so they can be indexed and searched easily online by people at their home computers searching their family trees.

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