Mormon Church plans storage center for genealogical data in Northland
By KEVIN COLLISON
The Kansas City Star
The Mormon Church plans to build an electronic safe house in the Northland for the billions of birth certificates and other genealogical records it has been compiling around the world for almost a century.
The 63,000-square-foot building is being designed to withstand the worst natural disasters and keep its computer servers cool and dry for several years should it lose outside power, all to ensure its trove of digital documents remains undamaged.
“Without question, we have the largest single repository of this type of information,” said Russell D. Stay, senior vice president of Family Search. “We’ve been pursuing this a long time.”
Construction is expected to begin by late fall in the Shoal Creek area, near Northeast Soccer Drive (roughly Northeast 76th Street) and Interstate 435. It is expected to be operational by early 2013.
It will be the third genealogical data center to be developed in the United States by Family Search, an entity created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City.