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event will show how anyone with a computer and Internet connection can help “Fuel the Find” by making information from historical documents easily searchable online.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.]

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