Saturday, August 23, 2014

INDEXING...

I've been participating in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' INDEXING program for many years. Since last January, I've been involved with Italian Indexing. The purpose of this activity is to identify names on digital copies available from the world's VITAL RECORDS for people to use in their family history research. It's quite the project and uses volunteers from all faiths and countries. Want to help with this amazing project? Click here.


We are in the GOLDEN AGE of genealogy. I started back in the DARK AGES before copy machines and computers where you had to go to a card catalog in a library, select your book or microfilm number then search the book or microfilm (which required using a microfilm reader in a darken room to find your ancestor's name.)  Now all that can be done at HOME at any hour on your personal computer in a manner of minutes but only because of the efforts of the Mormon Church and others to digitize these vital records around the world, then publish them on www.familysearch.org for anyone to use. There are currently family history missionaries from our church in 20 different countries preserving and extracting important records for genealogists. During 2014 over 1 BILLION records have been indexed by 248,160 volunteers of all ages. You can help too.


4 comments:

Jean said...

Interesting project. I'll pass it on to my nephew, who's deeply into genealogy.

Sandy Carlson said...

Such a great resource, Lin! I admire your work.

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

Robert and I have done this for several years. It is fun, particularly when Robert gets French and I get the lovely old handwriting that is calligraphy-like. There's such a feeling of connection to people we don't even know but begin to feel for.

dellgirl said...

Nice post, Lin. This is so interesting.