So you know I've been doing a little genealogy lately, in between the wedding and the regular day to day things with the children. A little here and a little there, lately that is the only way anything gets done. As I have been searching records I have been overwhelmed by the need to find the records about my ancestors. Records that show they existed. So many times I find a person in the system, but there is no source, no record attached to their information. I feel a little let down. I know that seems silly and I'm not sure why I'm driven to find something with their names on it. Something to show that they are not forgotten. That they lived lives, that they mattered.
These documents come as a result of volunteers, giving countless hours from scanning the documents to transcribing the information. There is so much that still needs to be done, only a fraction of the world's documents are available online.
This is how we can help. If you haven't already done something like this it's really interesting and easy to do. It's called "indexing" and anyone can do it, you don't have to be a member of my religion. Indexing helps everyone around the world and the anyone can get free access to these records and the familysearch data base to build their family trees. Having joined a few other genealogy sites, I appreciate all that I can find on familysearch for free. While reading a book by Susanna Kearsley (I adore her books), I was surprised to find a reference to the family history library and genealogical records. I will have to go back and figure out which book it was. Perhaps that is why I love her books so much, the history and genealogy in them, but back to the topic.... indexing.
Just in time for the Olympics familysearch is asking that you join the team.
"Soon, you can watch athletes break records, but you can also preserve a different kind of record for generations to come. During 72 hours from July 15 to 17, help us index the world’s historical records, making them freely searchable on the Internet and helping families worldwide find their ancestors.
Join us as we "rewrite" history."
For me, aside from my own family records, hearing Paul Madison talk about how indexed documents were fundamental in helping her find her family at RootsTech this past year was especially poignant. Even if I do one batch, one record all those names will not be forgotten. They will be remembered as I type them out. They will be remembered as they are found by their descendants. So will you join me. Will you make time in your busy lives to help someone else in this small way? Imagine what good we could do.
To help out, I have created a free planner sticker download. You can print out the pdf and cut them out by hand or use a silhouette cutter if you have one.
Download Akimball_indexing2016_studio studio file
My planner is about 8x10" so if the stickers are too large for your planner, just resize the files. Most of the art work is from the press release packet I was sent and then I altered and added to make the planner kit. (You can find out more information about my planner/journal system here.)
- print off your planner stickers and decide when works best for you. Perhaps you can even host an indexing party : more information here.
- register here: https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords and download the software in preparation. I think you could even start today if you wanted to.
- remember you are helping "rewrite history".
THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
From July 15-17, FamilySearch International will sponsor the third annual “Worldwide Indexing Event,” bringing 72,000 people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour event to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.
During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software and completing as many names as they would like. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.
Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2008. The demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year.
To join 72,000 teammates in saving the World’s records, visit https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords.
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.