Saturday, March 23, 2013

Speaker Profile-Robert Raymond

Robert Raymond is a deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher. He works to increase genealogical soundness of FamilySearch products. He also helps set the record collection acquisition and publication strategy. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society Board of Directors.

Robert is a popular speaker and writer. His blog (authored pseudonymically) has won many awards and recognitions and is consistently ranked among the top ten genealogical blogs. He is the author of an acclaimed family history website where he has published hundreds of digitized genealogical records and personal histories, written numerous articles, and created several maps. Before FamilySearch, Robert worked at, and before that was vice president of an award winning technology company.

Robert is a genealogy technologist with more than forty years experience in genealogy and thirty years in technology. Robert holds over a dozen technology patents and earned a masters degree in electrical (computer) engineering from Brigham Young University where he was honored as a Kimball Scholar. He is a volunteer at a FamilySearch Family History Center where he can be found in the trenches every Wednesday night.

Come join Robert as he discusses "Life After the IGI," on Thursday, 9 May, at 9:30 a.m., T219
The International Genealogical Index (IGI) is a computer file created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was first published in 1973 and grew to contain several hundred million entries, making it one of the earliest large genealogical collections. The old FamilySearch website went away, taking the IGI with it. But is the IGI really gone? Learn where the IGI went and what changes were made. Learn about indexed records, user submitted records, and batch number search.

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