This is an ongoing mammoth effort and, in spite of all the criticism regarding the database, I’m impressed.
Database development is difficult and I can tell you from experience that a new systems implementation is not easy. I’ve actually never heard of a 100% accurate no-tweak implementation. My local library is having trouble with theirs and it’s miniscule in comparison.
That said, the content of the new database is due to the 24/7 effort by people wanting to give back by contributing their expertise from around the world.
Volunteers continue to join the cause, donating their time and talent to enter authentic data. In 2010 this amounted to:
- “100+ projects in 11 languages
- Addition of Portuguese and Polish languages
- 40,000 new active indexers (completed a batch of work), for a total of 127,000 active indexers
- Volunteer indexers averaged 2,169 records each
- Arbitrators averaged 17,803 records each
- 186 million records were double keyed and arbitrated
- Over 500 million indexed records have been published since FamilySearch indexing’s inception in 2006.“
Only yesterday I found a record, free of charge, that has eluded me for years.
Here’s a link to the FamilySearch blog where you can read the complete post.