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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Become an Indexing Volunteer for FamilySearch

Do you wish that there would be more free data out there to help you and every other family history buff?  Well, there is some available, but you can help to make even more available for yourself and everyone else.

FamilySearch, one of the leading organizations that provides free vital records and genealogical data online, has begun to digitize the information transcribed from the many microfilms that they have in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library.  They have the films posted on their website initially, without being indexed.  They are available for browsing.  But now volunteers are able to help in the efforts to transcribe the information from the images, and make this information searchable through the FamilySearch index.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, just sign up through  They would be happy to assist you with enrolling as a volunteer.

I currently assist in the indexing project with the Italian records that have been microfilmed.  It is a very rewarding experience, and I am so happy to be a part of this great project.  It can't be done over night, but if many more volunteers chip in, just think of the many records that can be made available for you and everyone else around the world.

Here is a part of a press release from FamilySearch earlier this year:

Join this exciting community effort to make records searchable online and ensure our ancestors are remembered by
Current and Completed Projects
To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.
New Projects Added
  • Argentina, Mendoza, Ciudad de Mendoza—Registros Parroquiales, 1665–1922
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3C]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3D]
  • Colombia, Antioquia, Sonsón y Rionegro—Registros Parroquiales, 1814–2008
  • México, Coahuila, Matamoros y Torreón Registros Iglesia Católica
  • México, Durango, Gómez Palacio, Cuidad Lerdo, Mapimí, Cuencamé—Registros Parroquiales, 1708–1963
  • Micronesia, Pohnpei—Civil Registration, 1948–2009
  • Peru, Chiclayo y Lambayeque—Registros Civiles, 1873–1950 [Parte A]
  • Ukraine, L'viv—Roman Catholic Diocese Church Book Duplicates, 1600–1948 [Part 1]
  • U.S., Puerto Rico—Censo Federal de 1940
  • U.S., Indiana, Saint Joseph County—Marriages 1811–1959
  • Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1846–1848 [Часть C]
View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.
Won't you please consider joining me?  Please be a volunteer to help make more records searchable.

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