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.
Earlier this week I posted about my University Ward (church congregation) gathering together to index names using the FamilySearch Indexing system. On Monday we gathered for some Cafe Rio and started to get everyone registered and taught them how to index. That night we had about 2400 names indexed by roughly 45 people - not too bad for getting people registered and teaching them how to do it all in one night.
We wanted to keep our momentum of Monday night going so we also go together on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night. This is going to be a weekly event from now on. Anyone who wants can come and learn how to index, meet new people and accomplish a great service. For those of you who don't know much about FamilySearch Indexing, all of the names that get indexed from original records get put into the FamilySearch database which then allows us all to access millions of names and records for free on FamilySearch.org.
On Tuesday we ended up only having a few people show up but we were still able to get roughly 1,000 names indexed that night. On Wednesday we had about 12 people come and go throughout the night and we were able to get roughly 1,800 names indexed. Then on Thursday we had about 8 people show up and index roughly 2,000 names. From Monday to Thursday night we had about 6,200 names indexed at our little "Indexing Parties".
Chelsea, Michelle, Dave
Chelsea, Michelle, Dave
Brittani, Emily, Ameri
On Monday night when we started we only had about 1,500 names for the month. Take those 1,500 names and add the 7,200 from the Indexing Parties and that equals 8,700 names. Now, when I checked our stats this morning we had 12,534 names indexed and 1,151 arbitrated. This means that there were roughly 5,000 names done just this week from people at their homes, in their spare time! Amazing! Below is a graph showing our numbers through the week. I must admit, I never would have imagined my ward getting this involved and having this much fun! I am proven wrong. Everyone on my ward who has done indexing has said how fun it really is. Now that they realize indexing is fun, I just have to get them to start their own family history research!