Big News for Index Volunteers (or Those Who Are Interested in Starting)

I just received a notification of some big news (indexing-wise). Months ago, I wrote a post about the various ways you can volunteer some of your time by helping transcribe and index old records that are not yet available on the internet. It’s a great way to get acquainted with older records, improve your ability to read them and help current and future generations of family history researchers.  Up until now, FamilySearch.org offered an indexing program but it required the download of a separate program to participate.  What I love about Family Search is that it’s volunteer-run and free for those who search.  It’s genuinely a great volunteer experience and for a great cause.

Today they announced that now launched a web-based indexing program that’s now open to all. There’s absolutely nothing to download and it should be easy to find projects. For anyone looking to dip their toes into indexing, Family Search offers a great opportunity to do so.  While I have not had the time to index lately, I’ve really enjoyed doing it and now that it’s web-based, I am excited to be able to do it more easily.  With the old program, you had to download batches of records through the program and submit them through the tool.  This program layout looks very user-friendly, as everything you need is right there on the webpage.  When you login for the first time, they also have an “intro to indexing” batch available for you to get acquainted with the program and with indexing in general.  Once you’re done with that, you’re able to then sort through all of the batches of records that need to be indexed.  You can filter from beginner to intermediate and be a part of putting unpublished records from around the world online.

Again, it’s on your own time and you’re making a huge impact by volunteering (it’s also kind of fun). Feel free to reach out to me with any questions and happy indexing!

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