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Posted by the State Archives on June 27 2011
We are pleased to announce that the contract between the Archives and the GSU/Family Search has been finalized. Digitization of the 1916-1920 vital records should begin this summer and the GSU has confirmed that the process will take approximately 18 months from the start date. At the end of that time we will have an indexed database complete with images of our vital records, 1841-1920, available on our website.
The approximate 18-month duration of the scanning process is something that is determined by FamilySearch. We are told, given the scope of their operations and the detail of the indexing involved, that this is the fastest turn-around that they can provide. Though this does little to lessen the inconvenience of the long wait for these critical records, we hope that it might clarify for you the reasons for the delay.
With the needs of our researchers in mind and given the complex process of digitization, we have worked out an arrangement whereby we can accommodate requests for searches resulting in certified copies of the 1916-1920 vital records. Although the physical volumes will remain inaccessible for in-person research and photocopies, in an effort to make the materials as accessible as possible, we have made arrangements so that we might process search requests for certified copies as we do for the earlier vital records.
Your patience and understanding are appreciated as we work to provide, to the fullest extent possible, access to these important records. If you have any questions about this project, please contact us.
I discovered this information from the intrepid Dick Eastman in his Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.