Did you know that CDs have an expiration date? So do
external hard drives, flash disk storage, and many other technologies that hold
electronic records. Saving these electronic records is an important work, which
is why each year on October 10th, we celebrate Electronic
Records Day
, a day set aside remember the vital work of preserving electronic
records and the difference that these records make in our world today.

FamilySearch’s Efforts

Record preservation is the sort of thing we get passionate
about here at FamilySearch! One
of our main goals is to help more records become available to more people. Last
year, we created 32 million images of records in North America, many of which
were probate and marriage records, along with naturalization, immigration, and
military records.

Some of our most exciting collections that came from those
images include records from the War of 1812, World War II, and Ellis Island.

Preserving Electronic Records

A CD, which holds electronic records, is put into a computer

A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into preserving these
records. As part of Electronic Records Day, we want to thank the research
teams, engineers, archivists, and countless others, including our indexing
volunteers, who put in over 4 million service hours in 2018!

We are continuing to work to make more records available to
more countries so that others can discover the story of their families. We are
especially excited to join with other organizations on this special day to
celebrate the saving of these important records.

The story of the human family is vibrant, colorful, and
unique, and there is something grounding about discovering our family’s place
in it. Maintaining access to these historical records means maintaining lessons
from our past. We hope you celebrate with us today by saving some of your own
electronic records!

Source: New on FamilySearch