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At Risk Records Preserved in Ghana


Future generations will have opportunity to connect with their roots thanks to a monumental records preservation project sponsored by FamilySearch, a non-profit, volunteer-driven subsidiary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FamilySearch contracted with Smave, a Ghana based company, to scan and digitize the 2010 Ghana census records containing more than 25 million records and prepare them to be added to the FamilySearch database.

Currently, 42 employees are working on the project. Ten scanners, provided by FamilySearch, are kept busy 24 hours a day, in two shifts, to complete the project. One individual can scan about 20,000 records per shift. Of the approximate 25 million records, over 20 million have been scanned and recorded.