November 21, 2013 FamilySearch Indexing Blog
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May 13, 2013 FamilySearch Indexing Newsletter: A Message from the CEO
Our latest newsletter is hot off the press with a message from Dennis Brimhall, the CEO of FamilySearch. Read this newsletter for new announcements and training tips to improve your indexing experience.
- A Message from the CEO. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the genealogical community
- A Message from the Indexing Workforce team. Here we address the most common themes we have observed from your feedback.
- Share a Batch for Indexing Help. Learn how to collaborate with others in this training tip.
- Record Matching: An Essential Step for Arbitrators. Learn the why and how of record matching.
- A New Website for FamilySearch Indexing. That's right! A new website! View a sneek peek here.
- The Impact Continues for Two Major Genealogy Events. Read a quick recap of Roots Tech and Who Do You Think You Are?
May 7, 2013 Millions of Records Published
Thanks to you, millions of records were published on FamilySearch.org this week. Did you index or arbitrate records from the U.S., Michigan, Death Certificates; U.S, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger lists; or BillionGraves? See the rest of the published indexed records and digital images here.
May 1, 2013 Everyone Is Talking About the Billion Records
We are grateful for the many articles that have been written to spotlight the billion record milestone. Read some of the stories yourself!
- LDS Church News
- Mormon Newsroom and Infographic
- Deseret News
- LDS Media Talk
- San Francisco Chronicle
- BYU-Idaho Scroll
- Legacy News
- Meridian Magazine
- The Single Leaf
- PR Web
- Stanczyk - Internet Muse
- British GENES
April 29, 2013 FamilySearch Adds Collections
FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images this week from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Ukraine, and the United States. Did you index some the new collections now available? View the collections here.
April 20, 2013 One Billion Records Indexed
One billion records have been indexed and arbitrated since the launch of FamilySearch indexing in 2006. This monumental milestone was achieved by our dedicated volunteers on April 19 at 12:38 p.m. We are grateful for each and every volunteer who has made this possible. Download your free "Thanks A Billion" badge.
April 18, 2013 FamilySearch Publishes Indexed Records and Images
Thank you for contributing 166,000 indexed records to FamilySearch.org this week! Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates and the U.S., Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files were published this week. View the full list here.
April 2, 2013 New Collections Published on FamilySearch.org
Did you help with the U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists? Thank you for making 930,622 of these records now available on FamilySearch.org! About 4 million other indexed records were published this week. View the new projects added.
April 1, 2013 Thanks A Billion
Since the launch of FamilySearch indexing in September of 2006, over 990 million records have been indexed and arbitrated! The advances of technology and the dedication of our volunteers have increased the speed with which we can process and deliver records for publication. We are so close to reaching one billion records indexed and arbitrated! Join us in a global effort to reach this goal. Who will be the one to index or arbitrate the billionth record? Will it be you? Start indexing today! Follow status updates on the FamilySearch indexing Facebook page during the coming weeks.
March 4, 2013 New Collections on FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch added an additional 6.6 million indexed records and images in the last two weeks.
Which indexed records did you contribute to FamilySearch.org? See here
February 28, 2013: FamilySearch Indexing Newsletter—Insider's Update
We have great things ahead for indexing this year, including a new focus for Italy and Latin America. Don't miss the chance to make history by helping FamilySearch indexing reach their one billion records indexed milestone. See all the articles below for more details.
- What to Expect in 2013. After a record indexing year, see what's ahead for 2013.
- Billions of Records, Billions of Stories. One billion indexed records fast approaching. Help make history.
- How to Use the Lookup List. A favorite tool for many indexers. Find out why.
- 3 Easy Steps to Becoming a Better Arbitrator. Wondering how to become a better arbitrator? We got tips you'll want.
January 25, 2013: New Collections on FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch Adds New Collection for Ohio County Births from 1841-2003. Click here to learn more.
January 19, 2013: Technical Difficulties
It's not just your computer. The indexing program is experiencing technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience. Our engineers are dedicating all hours, day and night, to this situation, and we hope to have the system back up soon.
You may still be able to index during this time. If you receive error messages, wait a few minutes and try again. If you want to take a break from indexing until everything is running smoothly again, we recommend using the new Family Tree feature on FamilySearch.org or searching for some records of your ancestors. Why not enjoy the fruits of your labors?
January 9, 2013: 2012 Statistics
Total records indexed: 534,108,416
Total records arbitrated (and publishable): 263,254,447
Total volunteers contributing: 348,796
Total estimated hours contributed: 12,764,859
Thank you for your individual and combined efforts to reach these amazing numbers! Thousands of researchers worldwide continue to discover their family stories because of you.
December 14, 2012: FamilySearch Indexing Newsletter—Holiday Edition
Whether you are celebrating the holidays in the snow or in sunny weather, you can give the gift of indexing, and we're here with tips and tricks to help you out.
Keep reading to see what's new with FamilySearch indexing!
- Stepping Stones of Genealogy. How indexing can help you in your own family search.
- Straightening the Learning Curve. 5 steps to navigating the curves of a new project.
- The Mobile App—What We've Learned. Get an important update about the mobile app.
- Where Do I Go for Help? Got questions on where to find help? We've got answers.
- New Italian Indexing Resource Available. Working on the Italian records project? We've got something you'll want.
- And the Winner Is... Check out the winners and share the videos from our recent video contest.
- Christmas Greetings from FamilySearch Indexing
August 3, 2012: Indexing of the 1940 US Census Is Complete!
Today just before 2:00 p.m. (MDT), the very last batch of the 1940 US Census was arbitrated and submitted for publication. The indexing portion of the 1940 US Census Community Project is officially done!
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For all who have participated in the 1940 US Census Community Project, we offer the victor’s laurel, a badge you can proudly display to show your part in making history.
July 30, 2012: Important 1940 Census Update (http://eepurl.com/n63G1)
Nearing the End of the Marathon
Indexers are nearing the end of their own “Olympic” marathon. Is this the end—or just the beginning of something even bigger?
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Paying the Price
We’re Doing What it Takes to Create a Quality Census Index
Read the Full Story
Full Steam Ahead!
You helped complete the 1940 census index. Now, let's see what more we can do together. Continue being part of this amazing effort. Learn about the next community indexing project:
From Sea to Shining Sea: US Immigration & Naturalization
July 27, 2012: Slovakian Genealogical Records Growing Online
Other new searchable collections online were expanded this week for South Africa, Canada, Poland, Portugal, and the United States
July 9, 2012: 76 Million New, Free US Historic Records Added Online
Millions more for Brazil, China, Ireland, Italy, Russia, and Spain
July 9, 2012: 1940 Census Index Project Adds Minnesota and Rhode Island
July 2, 2012: FamilySearch Indexers Leave a Legacy in a Record-setting Event
The final record count for the “5 Million Name Fame” event day is:
Indexed Records: 7,258,151
Arbitrated Records: 3,082,728
Total Records Worked: 10,340,879
On July 2, FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators from around the world joined together for 24 hours in what became a mind-boggling event in so many ways. Who could have guessed that we would MORE THAN DOUBLE what was already an aggressive indexing and arbitration goal to complete 5 million records? Simply unbelievable! In baseball terms, that’s an “out of the park grand slam!”