Monday, August 06, 2007

Adventures in FamilySearch Indexing

Sunday was my second attempt at FamilySearch Indexing. Once again I was unable to time myself due to interruptions. The nice thing to know is that you can be interrupted and know just where you left off when you start up again. One interruption was my daughter letting me know that she is now doing Indexing. Yes, a new convert!

I did two batches. The ones I had download the other day. I had no problem submitting the completed batches back to FamilySearch Indexing. Maybe the overload problem on the servers is resolved. Then again I wasn't trying to register or download anything to my computer. Wow, I guess I should of even tried to get on the site to see if it was accessible but I forgot!

I decided to pick my batches and did the Wisconsin 1900 U.S. Federal Census. I had two problems. One batch had writing over every surname and it made it hard for me to read it. Mostly I couldn't make it out. I decided that the census takers should of written the surname over again for everyone in the family. It would of made their job harder but mine would of been so much easier!

The second problem happened about half-way down on the census page. All of a sudden the highlighted field skipped a line. So as I moved through the fields to index my line numbers were off. I decided to index the correct line number and not follow the highlighted field. That was easier said than done. It made me think of how many others might of had that problem and not noticed it. I was going to try and reset the highlighted field but I submitted it before I remembered to try and do that. I'm not even sure how or if it even can be done. I just remember seeing the beta version able to do that.

I tried looking in the tutorials for help but I couldn't find anything about adjusting the highlighted areas. I guess I should of tried calling support. If I really messed up hopefully the person that does the B version of my work will catch it. That one good thing about having two people retype the same batch. The arbitrator then can resolve any issues.

So now my grand total is 150 individuals indexed and I liked it!

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Renee;
Ctrl+Alt and the arrow keys will move your highlight up, down, right, left.

Renee Zamora said...

Coolness, I knew someone would save me!

Andy E. Wold said...

Renee,

You can also go into View, Adjust Highlights to make the highlights match the record you're transcribing.

Just be sure to only adjust the entire block of highlights (by moving the very outer corners) to match the image's location.

Andy

Andy E. Wold said...

They just added Revolutionary War Pensions and Land Warrants -- pretty cool!

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DamarisFish said...

Renee, did Chuck Stillman's class on FS Indexing at familyhistoryonlinelive.com today help your understanding? It's one thing to learn how to do something for yourself, quite another to know what you are doing well enough to teach someone else :-)

DamarisFish said...

fhlo - not fhol
http://www.familyhistoryliveonline.com/

Renee Zamora said...

The FHLO class was helpful but I don't think I'm at the point I can teach it to someone else. I lack the experience for when weird things show up. Afraid I couldn't answer their questions. I've only had 150 experiences with names so far.