I really enjoy learning about my ancestry. It is so amazing to find out where your roots lie and what the people who came before you enjoyed doing, where they lived and how they worked. It gives you great insight into what shaped you and who you are.
With so much information available online these days, you would think it would be easy to access all this information and do research on your family, but the truth is, it can be quite a task and some sites want you to pay to even search and when you do, you might not even find much info at all. That’s why FamilySearch’s World Indexing Day is so important!
FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Day Event July 15-17
FamilySearch is a non-profit (free) website run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that will allow users to search out family history and see actual documents like marriage licenses and images for them to find their own family history. Currently, there is so much information that is being submitted to the site for indexing that those who do the volunteer job of indexing are having a hard time catching up. That’s where the World Indexing Event plays a huge role!
Now, YOU can help index family records so everyone can use the site more effectively! All it takes is a commitment to help others, about a half hour of your time (or more if you would like!) and a computer with an internet connection.
You could even make a party of it! Invite some friends over to index with you and relax with them and chat. If everyone did a batch, just think of how much could get done at just your household and then the world?! Join the Facebook event for even more info and ideas.
I did some sample ones and it was super easy. All you need to do is plug in the info that appears on the document. It requires no special internet skills. And, kids 12 and up can help! Doesn’t this sound like a great way to challenge each other to complete so many batches?
Make sure you sign up before the 15th of July so you can help with the FamilySearch World Indexing Event! Let’s make ‘history’!