As you know from my previous posts, my Young Single Adult Ward (LDS Church congregation) has started to do FamilySearch Indexing. We started doing indexing the last week of January and wanted to have a little competition with one of the other wards who had been doing it all month.
In just one weeks time (literally), we were able to index 25,936 names and arbitrate 9,956 names totally to 35,892 names!
We all had a lot of fun learning how to index, teaching each other tricks and tips and of course the food we ate while doing it!
I personally was amazed at the response we got when we announced that we were going to get everyone registered and have the goal to continually work on indexing in our ward. There was a huge increase in the numbers of people we had already signed up to do indexing and even the numbers of people that got together and had little "Indexing Parties" was great! Every time we had one of these little parties at least one person would say how fun indexing was and that they were hooked!
Now this month, the competition isn't with the other wards in our Stake (group of LDS wards), but rather a competition to get more than we did last month. That number can easily be obtained, especially if we worked as many hours as we did last week, but I think many of us will slow it down a bit due to the fact that many of us lost hours of sleep! I myself feel like I could sleep for two straight days just to get all the time back...
Regardless of the competition and the many hours of sleep some of us lost, I am glad that we were able to have this experience. I believe it truly has opened doors for some people who may not have been interested in doing their family history before. It was a great experience to also know that the work we are doing is leading to more and more records available for us do do our family history research. Many lives will be blessed in multiple ways because of everyone's involvement in helping the genealogical community being able to access more records.