Wednesday, July 29, 2015

581. OK, Folks. It's Time For A Little Payback!

[If you have been the beneficiary from records that have been copied and indexed by other volunteers, now is your chance to pay that effort forward. Can you spare a few hours?]

2nd Annual Worldwide FamilySearch Indexing Event - August 7-14, 2015

            A record-setting 100,000 online volunteers are expected to participate in the second annual Worldwide Indexing Event, facilitating millions of discoveries for eager family history researchers. Scheduled for August 7–14, the event will show how anyone with a computer and Internet connection can help “Fuel the Find” by making information from historical documents easily searchable online.
            What Does It Mean to “Fuel the Find”?  Indexed (transcribed) historical records are like the fuel that powers genealogical search engines such as, enabling people to find missing or unknown branches in their family trees. Beyond simple name searches, indexed records also allow to provide patrons with highly relevant and accurate hints, essentially bringing the records of their ancestors to them automatically. Every name that a volunteer indexes from a historical record adds another drop of precious fuel that can ultimately help someone easily and quickly find a missing ancestor.
            International Language Emphasis: Already one of the largest and most successful volunteer transcription programs in history with more than 1.3 billion records indexed since 2007, FamilySearch indexing is looking toward this year’s event to launch an expanded push for indexed records in languages other than English. Currently offers 20 times more searchable records in English than in all other languages combined. To balance this ratio, people with fluency in other languages, especially French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, are being sought as indexing volunteers.
            To help volunteers with language skills to get started, FamilySearch indexing has launched carefully chosen indexing projects in its four focus languages of French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Special training guides are now available to help new and experienced English indexers with skills in these languages to quickly familiarize themselves with how to index these particular records.
            New One-Week Record Anticipated: Last year’s Worldwide Indexing Event established a one-week record of 91,721 participants. This year, more than 100,000 participants are expected. To be counted, each volunteer must submit at least one indexing or arbitration batch sometime during the week.
            Volunteers and potential volunteers can: Visit to learn more, including strategies for avoiding high demand periods that may tend to slow down the indexing system.  

[Thanks to LegacyNews and FamilySearch for this notice.]

Sunday, July 26, 2015

580. What New State Archives?

   I was just puzzling over the fact that we have not heard a word about the new site for the Indiana State Archives. We know where it isn't going to be--along the canal on a postage stamp lot, thanks to Senator Luke Kenley--but where will it be?
   Supposedly they had three sites in contention, and only one discarded, leaving two sites left. How hard would that be to decide? Site Two, yes-no; site Three, yes-no. $25 million to play with. Seems like a no brainer.
   The Bicentennial is breathing down our necks--can anyone say 2016? Will construction be underway within six months? Are the Public Records managers sitting in their offices, pouting that their favorite site is off the books?
   I'm hoping to see the Archives on the War Memorial Mall in the old State Legion building, because I think that site would be the most accessible to historians and genealogists. but, hey, that's just me.
How about you?

Friday, July 24, 2015

579. TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? This Sunday

            On Sunday, July 26 at 9PM/8PM Central, TLC will be bringing a new season of episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? with a brand new batch of celebrities ready to embark on a journey to learn more about their family history.
            Sunday’s episode features Once Upon A Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin. In the episode, Goodwin knows little about her paternal grandfather’s family, and sets out to learn why her father never knew his own grandparents. What she does know is that her grandfather left home at the young age of just 11 years old. Ginnifer searches to find out why.

[Thanks to Dick Eastman for this info.]

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

578. GSMC Sorting Names Webinar, Aug. 5

GSMC Free First Wednesday Webinar

August 5, 2015  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

GSMC Library, 9370 E. Washington St., Indpls  (Memorial Park)

What's in a Name? Trouble!
For years Ron Arons researched the life of his great-grandfather, who served time in Sing Sing Prison and who committed other crimes. Through the years, Ron came across records for other people with the same first and last names, born in the same time frame, who lived in the same places as his relative, and who, by some stroke of luck, also found trouble, either in business or with women. With such an uncommon name as Isaac Spier, this is rather remarkable. In this talk you will see how the Genealogical Proof Standard was used to merge and separate many identities to determine exactly how many distinct individuals these documents represented. (The answer is truly remarkable!) You will also learn about names, name changes, and the reasons behind those changes..
Presenter : Ron Arons
 For years Ron Arons has given presentations on genealogy across the country. In 2005, Ron won a NY State Archives grant for his historical criminal research. In 2008, Ron published The Jews of Sing Sing, about Jewish criminals who served time at the famous prison in New York. That same year, Ron appeared on the PBS TV special, The Jewish Americans, and talked about famous Jewish criminals of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Free Handouts and Beverages; Q & A Included