Tuesday, September 16, 2008

FamilySearch Indexing Update

Renee's Note: At the UGA Conference they mentioned that we are indexing 1.5 million records per day.

12 September 2008

The table below shows the FamilySearch projects that are currently available for indexing this week online.

Anyone can help. Individuals who would like to volunteer can begin immediately by registering and downloading the indexing software at www.familysearch.org or www.familysearchindexing.org. A typical batch takes about 30 minutes to complete and new batches are added regularly. Volunteers have seven (7) days to complete a downloaded batch. Completed indexes are free to the public and can be searched now at FamilySearch.org (go to Search Records and then Record Search pilot).

We suggest using the Save to Server (Save Online) feature instead of saving your work-in-progress to your personal computer’s hard drive. Saving your work online on the FamilySearch Indexing server means that any indexing work you are able to do on a batch—be it 5 minutes or 5 names—will not be lost. If you are unable to complete the batch in seven (7) days, another indexer will be able to pick up wherever you left off! If you find a batch too difficult for whatever reason, no problem, choose another batch. FamilySearch offers very helpful online tutorials and quick Support for anyone just getting started.

Imagine the impact of thousands of volunteers who might only be able to donate a few minutes of time a month to index!

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects

Project

Language

1

Alabama - 1920 US Federal Census

English

2

Argentina Censo 1869 - Buenos Aires

Spanish

3

Brandenburg Kirchenbücher, 1789-1875

German

4

California - 1920 US Federal Census

English

5

España Lugo Registros Parroquiales, 1530-1930

Spanish

6

Florida 1945 Census

English

7

France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792-1906

French

8

Guanajuato Censo de Mexico de 1930

Spanish

9

Guerrero - Censo de Mexico de 1930

Spanish

10

Illinois - 1920 US Federal Census

English

12

Louisiana 1850-1954 Death Certificates

English

13

Massachusetts - 1920 US Federal Census

English

14

Minnesota - 1870 US Federal Census

English

15

Morelos - Censo de Mexico de 1930

Spanish

16

New York - 1870 US Federal Census

English

17

Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records, 1879 - present

Spanish

18

North Carolina - 1870 US Federal Census

English

19

Pennsylvania - 1870 US Federal Census

English

20

Quintana Roo - Censo de Mexico de 1930

Spanish

21

Trento Italy Baptism Records, 1784-1924

Italian

22

UK - Cheshire - Poor Law, 1848 -1967

English

23

Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales, 1654 - 1992

Spanish

2 comments:

Laurie said...

Hi, Renee. When I got the email with today's blog about FamilySearch needing indexers (including those who read/write other languages), I posted it on the GenMethods mailing list (a rootsweb list I've belonged to for years). I thought it was important to post your blog with the information about how little time is needed to help, how easy it is, and the list of research types being indexed. I thought it was more likely to get people to sign up if I forwarded the email with a few comments of my own, instead of just posting a link to your blog.

However, the list manager (rightfully, I now realize) declined to post your blog because it is copyrighted material. It didn't occur to me that I needed your permission since I included your copyright info.

Is it OK to post your blog or should I only provide a link? I belong to several mailing lists and thought it might help to get indexers.

Renee Zamora said...

It's always alright to copy my stuff. Just mention it came from me. The only reason I have a copy right notice is to prevent someone from selling my info as their own. Which doesn't appear to apply in your situation. Glad my blog post could be helpful.