Did you ever wonder who to thank for the images and data made available for free at the website, FamilySearch? This article will give you some insight as to who is behind a lot of the preservation efforts and how that work is accomplished.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that Family History work (and sometimes, it's more work than you planned on), brings family members closer together. That is part of the reason that they throw their support behind the website, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and the FamilySearch Indexing Project.
However, the goal of providing resources and data for free to both church members and the general public, would be impossible to achieve without the volunteer army of regular folks like you and me. In fact, many non-member volunteers and outside organizations such as the Indiana Historical Society and other partners, are the people power that turn the wheels for this tremendous outreach. Read more about this and community projects at the FamilySearch Blog.
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah