Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Gospel in Action: Be An Indexing Volunteer

Guest blogger: Edie Gavin
The Church has an interesting volunteer opportunity that takes only small amounts of time and is perfect for stay-at-home moms. You can contribute to the Family History effort by indexing records using your computer with an internet connection.

The work is relatively easy and you can work at your own pace. You will get a digitized record to index and you just fill in the blanks on the form provided. There is no commitment required, so you can stop and start at any time. You have 8 days to finish an assignment that you have downloaded. If you don't finish it, the work you have done is passed on to someone else to finish. You don't have to worry about making mistakes, since two people are working on each assignment and discrepancies are resolved by a third person.

Go to www.familysearch.org and click on the Index Records tab at the top of the homepage. A general description of the work is found on the right side of the page. To volunteer, click on Volunteer. The site will ask some questions and place a small piece of software on your computer. After this, you can begin indexing.

I find the work interesting and stimulating. Please give it a try.
Edie Gavin

1 comment:

  1. I strongly support Edie's suggestion. It really is a low stress way to contribute to the Church's efforts to make family history records as accessible as possible to everyone. And as one who is in regular contact with many non-members who are working in the field of genealogy (and also helping as indexers), I can't tell you how appreciative they are that the Church has organized this project. Mary Louise Fitzpatrick


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