SOURCE: Lingotek

Lingotek

August 16, 2011 07:50 ET

Lingotek Enables FamilySearch Members to Translate Historical Family Documents

Users of the World's Largest Genealogy Organization Can Now Translate Records Such as Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates Into Their Native Languages

DRAPER, UT--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2011) - Lingotek, the leader in collaborative translation solutions, has announced an exclusive, long-term relationship with FamilySearch. With this agreement, Lingotek will help FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world, translate historical documents so that users can find family members using their native languages. FamilySearch members can now leverage a community of more than 2,000 users to help translate documents through the Lingotek application, which will be embedded directly into the FamilySearch website.

FamilySearch is among the largest crowdsourcing projects on the planet, with more than 10 million hits per day and more than one billion names in its database. FamilySearch has been collecting and sharing genealogical records for over 100 years, including birth, death and marriage certificates, immigration documents, and census records. The organization is currently supplying records in nine languages, and has partnered with Lingotek to expand its language offerings.

Lingotek's application, available for free to FamilySearch members, will offer instant access to fast, reliable and cost-effective translation of historical documents. Lingotek's crowdsourcing software service, which incorporates natural language and machine translation, is a perfect fit for the large scale community approach of FamilySearch. With Lingotek, users can tap into the FamilySearch volunteer base to translate documents in real-time into their native language. Alternatively, if users want a quick, fundamental idea of what a record says, they can plug content into Lingotek's best-in-class machine translation. To further support community participation and the most accurate translation, users can volunteer to help interpret documents and rate the precision and reliability of translations.

"FamilySearch has a long history of crowdsourcing and community-based approach," said Rob Vandenberg, CEO of Lingotek. "Our web-based collaborative translation software is uniquely suited to connect the global FamilySearch member base with its rich, multilingual lineage. We're excited to participate in bringing more families together by translating critical documents in their family tree."

"Often times the translation of historical records is the key in revealing family connections," said Rob Thomas, Senior Project Manager, Globalization at FamilySearch. "We find that as people focus on their family histories, they draw closer together and build stronger family communities. Lingotek provides a powerful, seamless way to support our users as they look to research their family ancestry in their native languages."

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ABOUT LINGOTEK
Lingotek | The Translation Network gives enterprise business customers new ways to engage their global communities by providing trusted, rapid translations to expand and grow business in a cost effective way. Its exclusive web-based Collaborative Translation Platform™ represents the next step in the evolution of translation through technology and community involvement. Today, global organizations, intelligence agencies and government entities use the platform, saving time and resources on projects ranging from a few pages to several volumes. Lingotek also offers professional translation services for companies. The company is based in Draper, Utah and is funded by Canopy Ventures, In-Q-Tel, and Flywheel Ventures. For more information, visit http://www.lingotek.com.

ABOUT FAMILYSEARCH
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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