Friday, April 18, 2014

Find-A-Record is Growing Up

Find-A-Record has grown to the point that it needs it's own blog so we set one up at This also means we will cease to regularly post on this blog. It's possible that we will continue to post updates about Open Place Database, or share development war stories that don't belong on the Find-A-Record blog, but they won't be regular.

We enjoyed blogging for the past 7 months, and appreciate those of you who followed us most of the way. A special thanks to the die-hard fans that watched the videos. We hope you will continue to follow the progress of Find-A-Record. We expect some great things to happen.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Watercooler Wednesday #32 - Free, Online, and Military Search Filters

We added the ability to filter Find-A-Record search results based on whether they are free, paid, online, or offline. The only free collections we have right now are from FamilySearch: the free and online collections are the digital collections at FamilySearch while the free and offline collections are from the FamilySearch Catalog. All other collections we currently have are paid and online.

You'll see that we also added the "Military" record type for searching. We have military records from Fold3 and FamilySearch. We will add more military records from Ancestry, the FamilySearch Catalog, and other places in the future.

Our Repositories page contains the full list of sources for our collections, as well as some stats about our coverage.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Watercooler Wednesday #31 - WorldVitalRecords

Today we added collections from WorldVitalRecords. We were able to import about 20% of the 22 thousand collections that WorldVitalRecords has. That percentage will go up overtime as we continue get better insight into our data and indexing process.

We also increased the number of Ancestry collections from 7% to 26%. You can see the details on our repositories page.

Stay tuned for many more updates on new collections; we expect to add many more in the next few weeks.