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FamilySearch event preserves over 10 million global family records

Worldwide genealogy event recruits more than 116,000 volunteers and shatters previous record

From July 15 to 17, FamilySearch International hosted the world’s largest known indexing event, bringing 116,475 people from around the globe together, saving nearly 10.5 million of the world’s records by making them easily discoverable online for future generations. Volunteers ranged in age from 8 to 65 and pitched in from as far away as Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.

“Last year, we saw a total of 82,039 volunteers participate during our week-long event,” said Shipley Munson, FamilySearch International’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “This year, we saw a 40 percent increase—and the event was held for just three days. What’s more, at least one fourth of those who participated had never indexed before. We are thrilled!”

The successful crowdsourcing event was the result of a worthy cause and unified efforts on a global scale. “Every one of the 10 million historical records indexed during this event tells a personal story about someone’s ancestor. The descendants of those 10 million people—you and me—will now be able to quickly find them online and experience how much fun it is to make personal family discoveries,” said Munson.

Asia alone saw 14 times more volunteer participation this year than in 2015. Other participating regions worldwide reflected similar success.

  • North America: 92,943 (45 percent increase from last year)
  • Europe: 3,948 (8 percent increase from last year)
  • Latin America: 16,686 (33 percent increase from last year)
  • Africa and Pacific Rim: 1,876 (35 percent increase from last year)
  • Asia: 1,360 (1,317percent increase from last year)

Images of hundreds of millions of historical records are added every year by FamilySearch’s philanthropic efforts worldwide, amplifying the need to create searchable indexes to them online. “We are so grateful for the contributions of the many volunteers online during this event. We challenge them and others who did not have a chance to participate to continue to help others make vital family discoveries through their personal indexing effort,” Munson said. “Fortunately, we all can continue to contribute to this meaningful initiative throughout the year.”


FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries. 

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