Thursday, July 31, 2014

Babe Ruth, Walt Disney and JFK: What you can find in 1 billion FamilySearch images (27 items)

By , Deseret News

June 25, 2014

FamilySearch International recently announced the online publication of its 1 billionth image of historic records.

That's right, 1 billion images.

This information contained in this vast mountain of data, collected from more than 10,000 archives around the world, will enable people to connect with their ancestors in new ways.

These records also contain famous people and signatures, not to mention rarely seen photos. We thought it would be fun to show what interesting records might be found in 1 billion historic images.

1 of 27. Alexander Graham Bell

A U.S. passport application for inventor and scientist Alexander Graham Bell is one of many found in the FamilySearch digital collection, "United States Passport Application, 1795-1925." Bell was going to visit his boyhood home in Scotland.

2 of 27. George Herman 'Babe' Ruth

A U.S. passport application for baseball legend Babe Ruth is one of many found in the FamilySearch digital collection, "United States Passport Application, 1795-1925." He was on his way to play a baseball game in Cuba.

3 of 27. F. Scott Fitzgerald

A U.S. passport application for famous writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of many found in the FamilySearch digital collection, "United States Passport Application, 1795-1925."

4 of 27. Ernest Hemingway

A U.S. passport application for author Ernest Hemingway is one of many found in the FamilySearch digital collection, "United States Passport Application, 1795-1925." Hemingway was going to Italy to help the Red Cross in 1918.

5 of 27. Harry Handcuff Houdini

Harry Handcuff Houdini, famous magician and escape artist, left his signature on his World War I draft card. This digital image is included in the FamilySearch.org collection, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918."
1. Heidi T.
Farmington, UT,
June 26, 2014

Thanks for reporting this! Almost unbelievable but inspiring.

2. Ballplayer
Spanish Fork, UT,
June 26, 2014

If you don't index, you are missing a great opportunity to make these records available to people searching for ancestors. It's easy, fun, and can be done by anyone. I even know a couple 9-year old kids who do it. A couple of weeks ago I indexed the obituary for Graham Chapman, of Monty Python. It's fun to come across people like that, but even if they are not famous, they all have a story. I indexed the obituary for a WWII veteran who stormed the beaches in Normandy. After the war he became friends with the manager of his company's office in Belgium, who turned out to be German. As their friendship developed, they discovered the German had been in a bunker on the beach during the invasion. As post-war friends they decided they were both happy they had been lousy shooters. There are lots of great stories like this when you index, especially obituaries. Give it a try.