Preserving the records of a people helps researchers around the world.
The Korea Times reported on a three-year project to create a digital database of genealogical records organized by the Paik Inje Memorial Library at Inje University.
It was presented at the 76th World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, attended by some 3,345 librarians, intellectuals and international Korean delegations. The event's theme was “Open Access to Knowledge.”
Library director Park Jae-sup introduced the Digital Genealogy Library. Since 2007, the library has collected the materials to preserve Korea's ethnic history.
The library, in conjunction with Family Search (Utah, US), has digitized the records to create the Digital Genealogy Library. Users can search for their own family history records.
At the present time, some 500 genealogy e-books are available, along with features such as page-turning and zooming to make it easier for users. The database includes such regional Korean families: the Gimhae Kim and Gimhae Heo clans.
According to the story:
The library was selected as the major presenter at the recent congress as it has contributed to promoting and connecting the social community through the digitization of genealogy, tracing family bloodlines and making history accessible.
The library is also organizing cultural exhibits and children's genealogical activities.
The Korean Library Association's honorary president Shin Ki-nam said:
“The Paik Inje Memorial Library has become one of the leading institutions in the country by unhesitatingly exploring new territory and redefining the services that a library can offer."
We wonder which country will be next in creating such a digital genealogy database?