25Jan/114Last 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.
The following are my tweets from the opening session of the National Genealogical Society conference held last week in Salt Lake City. I am re-posting my tweets from the conference just in case you missed them and would like to know about some of the classes I attended.
- Opening Session - Jay Verkler, CEO of FamilySearch, is talking about technology and how it is advancing so fast.
- Genealogy community is using more and more technology like social networks, digitization, organization and sharing
- FamilySearch's goal since the beginning in late 1800's - collect and copy, preserve, and distribute.
- Verkler is showing a video of the Granite Mountain Vault outside of Salt Lake City
- The microfilm in the vault holds about 3.5 billion images!! And there is more room to grow!
- Some records in the vault are the only copies that exist! Now they are working on digitizing these records.
- Digitization was going to take over a century, but with new technology it will take about 10 years!!
- Over 300,000 registered indexers that help with the digitization process!! Learn more at familysearch.org
- 300 million new records on FamilySearch!!
- In 1984 the GEDCOM standard was set
- FS(FamilySearch) has been working on a collaboration effort called Family Tree
- He is talking about using the iPhone to "pinpoint" his location in a cemetery for reference. <3 the iPhone!
- Even "deep experts" need to collaborate with other "deep experts"
- Now talking about the FS Wiki. "Fundamentally designed for sharing"
- Encourages to contribute to the wiki. Learn more at wiki.familysearch.org
- Register at beta.familysearch.org
After Verkler's presentation the exhibit hall opened with a LOT of different vendors, products, technology, and more. In my next post I will be talking about a few of the exhibitors and following that I will be posting more of my tweets from the first class of the conference. If you would like to keep up-to-date with future tweets from conferences, be sure to follow me on Twitter.