FamilySearch publishes Newsletters relating to the massive indexing project they have going on. I had been a heavily involved indexer in the past but have not been as active lately. I believe FamilySearch was e-mailing these Newsletters to me when I was more active. I have not been receiving these Newsletters directly of late.
I found them to be fascinating and informative both intended for those that are indexing and arbitrating as well as motivational to those that may not have yet taken the plunge to index but are interested in knowing more of what is going on with the project.
I did discover where in FamilySearch all of these published Newsletters exist .
I thought this would be good to share with all of you. You can see current Newsletters through October 2012 as well as those going back to July 2010. Lots of interesting news and information related to “indexing” and “arbitrating” can be found here.
Maybe we as researchers only care about the fact that there is data out there for us to use. How this all comes about for all of us to use is another interesting story. These are the kinds of things you can find in the Newsletters that will make you appreciate even more what the volunteer indexers and arbitrators are accomplishing.
Maybe just reading about the excitement that is going on with taking data from microfilms and ultimately getting it into searchable databases might interest you to give indexing and arbitrating a shot yourself and be a part of this exciting group of volunteers.
Here is the link you can use to get to a listing of all of the Newsletters from Family Search Indexing Project:
You just click on the Newsletter of interest to you from a small summary description of the contents of the particular Newsletter.
The Newsletters are even available to read in 10 different languages other than English. The default is English but you can select the Newsletter to appear in the language of your choice from the list of languages for the Newsletter. FamilySearch Indexing reaches worldwide as world records are read, transcribed, indexed and arbitrated.
I think you will realize there is an incredible amount of effort and energy that goes on behind the scenes in making records available for the rest of us to access online.
A big “Thank You” to all of the volunteer indexers and arbitrators and to FamilySearch for making us aware of these activities via the Newsletters.
Take a look at one. You probably won’t stop looking at one since the stories are fascinating. As you open up and read the various stories you will see that the stories are part of an online blog format in which many readers of the stories also left comments.
Take a look at the Newsletters.
I think you will like what you read.
Next time you see an “indexer” or an “arbitrator” take the time to offer them a big “thank you”.
Schaumburg Township District Library