GRC Bible Records Index Now Available in the GRS

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
June 1, 2015

I am so excited to tell you about another new addition to the GRS! An index of the Bible records from the GRC Reports can now be found in a new “Bibles” tab in the GRS here: www.dar.org/grs/bibleindex. The new Bible Record Index contains unique information that researchers today may be unable to locate anywhere else and the transcripts may be all that is left of these family Bibles. I am thrilled we are able to make these records available to researchers and to preserve them for the future.

This is one of the largest collections of Bible record documents with more than 40,000 records.  The collection continues to grow as more are being digitized and added to the index each day. Other renowned collections of Bible records boast less than a quarter of the amount of records we have.

When using the Bible Records Index researchers will search for a name in the description or a combination of names and the results will show the surname, the source, book title, book description and the page on which the name first appears. The ability to search every name found within the Bibles will be added as soon as that capability is available.  If the researcher is on-site at the DAR Library they are able to view the Bible records and print off the pages that are needed. If the researcher is not at DAR Headquarters they can use the DAR Library Search Service to acquire the records or they can start planning their trip to the DAR Library so they can access the records. In the future we have plans to expand this index and make the records more readily available online.

We have family Bible records spread throughout our many collections but the largest group of these records exists in the reports from the Genealogical Records Committee. This committee is solely responsible for making this Bible Records Index a reality. These records were collected, compiled and digitized by the members of the GRC and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work. Learn how you can volunteer with the Genealogical Records Committee. Thank you to these members for helping us to preserve these resources for future generations and make them available to the genealogy community.

Learn more about the Bible Records Index here: www.dar.org/bibleindexpressrelease

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