Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tech Tuesday: FamilySearch.org Indexing

   If you're looking for a way to give back to the genealogical community - and help yourself in the process, consider becoming an indexing volunteer for FamilySearch.org. We all love the free records on FamilySearch and especially love when they're searchable. Did you ever wonder how they become searchable? FamilySearch uses volunteers.
    It's pretty simple to volunteer. You can get an overview on the FamilySearch website. Once you've registered, you can download the indexing software. The main page of the indexing software is the "My Work" page. Click on "Download Batch." You'll be able to choose what you want to work on and how many batches to download. Once you've downloaded a batch, you'll be able to open the records. You'll have the record at the top and the form at the bottom. Once you've filled in the form, you can submit it back to the Family Search server.
   Thus far, I've done a lot of records not related to my research... but I'll get there. On the upside, I'm learning how to read a variety of handwriting!

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