Tim Guffey, a former Procter & Gamble executive, was instrumental in bringing the project together.
FamilySearch, which has the largest genealogical library in the world, purchased the records on 1,100 rolls of microfilm from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, along with the rights to digitize the records, said Tim Guffey, a member of the LDS public affairs group in Cincinnati.
declined to say how much FamilySearch
paid for the microfilm, as the organization doesn't reveal financial information.
"However, the fact that we digitized these records and are making the effort to preserve, protect and make them available to the public without charge is really the key point that cannot be minimized," he
announced Friday its seeking volunteers to help with the indexing, which will make them much easier to search, Guffey
There may be a number of people doing family history work and have hit a brick wall," Guffey