Thursday, June 22, 2006 600 Terabytes of New Online Genealogy Data
An Internet company has boosted its genealogical database with census records.
By Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An Internet company is adding U.S. Census records to boost its archive of searchable names to 5 billion, which it says is the most comprehensive genealogical database ever compiled.
Ancestry.com planned to announce Thursday that it has copied complete census records from 1790 to 1930, making it the only searchable, online repository of the documents.
The U.S. government waits 72 years before releasing original census documents. Copying the material took a team of experts and workers a combined 6.6 million hours of labor, Ancenstry.com said.
Workers deciphered the handwriting on millions of census forms, then indexed and cataloged every name, and scanned images of the census documents.
The material, which will be shown on the Web site starting Thursday, includes 13 million original census images scanned and transcribed from 15,000 rolls of microfilm.
The project added 540 million names, increasing the company's genealogical database to 600 terabytes of data. A terabyte equals a thousand billion bytes.