09/06/2013 11:37 EDT | Updated 11/06/2013 05:12 EST

Mormon church history centre, join forces to digitalize more genealogical records

SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church's family history research centre has signed a new agreement with in a project to make 1 billion new genealogical records available to the public.

The Deseret News reports ( Family Search signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Provo-based private company. Family Search is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' non-profit organization dedicated to the research of family history.

The plan is for the two entities to work together to dig into the deep genealogical vaults of the Mormon church to digitize and index up to 1 billion new records that allow people around the world to research their family trees.

The two sides have worked together before, with millions of records already available to users on both ends.


Information from: Deseret News,