Would you like to give other genealogists the joy of discovering their ancestors? One way to do that is to take part in FamilySearch’s December 2016 indexing goal. They have named it #LIGHTtheWORLD.
Indexing makes a difference. FamilySearch describes indexing as a volunteer transcription effort that makes valuable genealogical records searchable online. FamilySearch began indexing in 2006. Since then, crowdsourcing has produced more than one billion searchable records.
Over the years, hundreds of thousands of volunteer indexers have participated from around the world. Thanks to their selfless efforts, millions of people worldwide have found information and discovered stories about their ancestors.
Throughout December of 2016, FamilySearch is focusing on families by indexing historical records. This holiday season, you can give others the joy of discovering their ancestors by taking time to index. Your gift of indexing will bring year-long cheer to researchers around the world.
FamilySearch has set goals for the #LIGHTtheWORLD indexing project. They hope that the volunteers will, together, complete 15 million indexed records. They also are aiming for 7 million arbitrated records.
You can volunteer and get started by finding an indexing project. There is a world map you can look at that shows which the parts of the world that have records that need indexing.
Those who are brand new to indexing should begin by reading over the “Get Started with Indexing” page on the FamilySearch website. It walks you through everything you need to know in order to begin indexing, and has a wealth of resources about indexing basics.
Are you fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, or French? FamilySearch needs your help indexing records that are in those languages. Find out more on the “Language Skills Needed!” page at FamilySearch.
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