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The purpose of this blog is to promote the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society by announcing upcoming events and reporting on past events. In doing so, I hope it will encourage all who are interested to attend any of our events and meetings, and share in our enthusiasm of genealogical research.

June 20, 2011

General Meeting -- July 14, 2011 "Genealogy Records at Granite Mountain"

The Contra Costa County Genealogical Society will meet promptly at 7:00 PM, July 14, 2011 at the LDS Church, 1360 Alberta Way, Concord. Following a short business meeting and refreshments, a video will be shown on the underground storage of genealogy records in the Granite Mountain Facility in Utah.

The Granite Mountain facilities feature a dry, environment-controlled facility used for long-term record storage, as well as administrative offices, shipping and receiving docks, a processing facility and restoration laboratory for microfilm.[1]  Records stored include genealogical information contained in over 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and 1 million microfiche. This equals about 3 billion pages of family history records. The vault's library of microfilm increases by up to 40,000 rolls per year. Since 1999, the church has been digitizing the genealogical microfilms stored in the vault. The church makes the records publicly available through its Family History Centers, as well as online at its FamilySearch website.

[1] "Granite Mountain Records Vault", Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granite_Mountain_(Utah): accessed 20 June 2011).

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