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To our friends affected by the devastation brought to various areas by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we continue to keep you in our minds and prayers. We are aware of many public, school, and academic libraries, courthouses, and archives which may have been severely damaged. We are interested to learn more about the record repositories that incurred damage. Are there genealogically significant records needing attention? We want to help where possible by:

1. Providing digital re...placement copies of damaged records if we photographed them in the past.

2. Exploring the possibility of enlisting volunteers and other help to salvage and rescue records damaged or at risk.

3. Offering to digitize genealogically significant records that have not yet been photographed and preserved.

Please share with us any information you may have to preservation@familysearch.org and please share this post with others who may also know more about the various areas’ needs surrounding record preservation.

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