Saturday, December 18, 2010

Learning While Giving Back

Have you ever done any FamilySearch Indexing? It is an excellent way to practice reading old handwriting and give back to the genealogical community at the same time. You can learn more about many types of records, develop transcription skills, and work to provide free record indexes all in your spare time. 


It is very simple to get started with FamilySearch Indexing:

  1. Log in to the website
  2. Choose a set of records you would like to work on
  3. Download a batch to your computer
  4. Type the information you see in the record into the form provided
  5. Submit your batch of records
Once the records are indexed they become available for free to the public at 
You can see the current projects, as well as some of the completed projects and future projects on the FamilySearch Indexing website. 


If you are new to indexing you may enjoy Jim Ericson's webinar on "Helping Unlock the World's Records." This presentation covers the purpose of FamilySearch indexing, the benefits of becoming an indexing volunteer, and tips and tricks on indexing records.


For experienced indexers there is a second webinar hosted by Legacy Family Tree on "FamilySearch Indexing for Power Users.This presentation by Katie Gale will show you how to simplify and increase your work without decreasing your accuracy.

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