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25Jan/114

Give Them Food And They Will Index

Last night in my Student Ward (LDS Church congregation) we had an indexing extravaganza! I would say there were over 60 university age young adults gathered together for some food and indexing with the FamilySearch program. Of course one of the biggest enticements to gather that many young adults together to do indexing was the food, but regardless of the food, we had a great time getting people registered, software installed on their computers and indexing like crazy!

By the end of the night we were able to count over 2400 names indexed and submitted! That doesn't include all the names still in progress being done by all those who were unable to finish a batch. Last year our Stake (a group of LDS Wards) indexed 137,102 batches and arbitrated 13,191 batches! The Bishop of our Ward wants us to step it up even further this year and I believe we are all up to the challenge! To help accomplish this great task we are having indexing parties every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as on Sunday during Sunday School. I think this is a great opportunity for young adults to get interested in doing their genealogy. There were quite a few people last night that mentioned how fun indexing was. A few of them even said that they thought they were hooked! What are all your thoughts? Do you know of someone who has gotten interested in genealogy because of either FamilySearch Indexing or the Ancestry World Archives Project? Do you have kids or grandkids that you can introduce to indexing? If you are interested in learning more about FamilySearch Indexing and how to sign up, visit the FamilySearch Indexing website. Click on Get Started to sign up and download the application on your computer. Both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and non-members can sign up to do indexing.

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  1. Great idea! Thanks to you young whippersnappers for your help in getting the records out there.

  2. And for anyone who wants to contribute to the Ancestry World Archives Project you can access that here: http://ancestry.com/WorldArchivesProject

    All indexes created by this community are made available for free on Ancestry.com. Active keyers have access to all images for any project indexed through AWAP. And, active keyers are eligible for a 10% discount on an annual US subscription or a 15% discount on an annual World Deluxe subscription (renewals only).

  3. Greatest thing ever! I’m starting a weekly “Indexing Party” at my house for my whole YSA ward. I think it’s genius.

  4. Wow! This is a great idea. We love to hear stories of new people getting started with indexing and enjoying it. What a creative way to get attention… food! It’s brilliant!

    The more people that join together to index, the more records that make their way online to be searched for free by people worldwide doing their family history.

    Thank you for sharing this great idea!


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