Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Family Search Internet Indexing - Volunteer

Family Search Indexing Program is accepting volunteers to extract and help with their massive indexing efforts of the records. They are currently indexing the following records:

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* Ontario Deaths 1927_1929
* New York - 1900 U.S. Federal Census
* 1900 U.S. Federal Census - Pennsylvania
* Texas_Death_Certificates_1951-1976
* Illinois - 1900 U.S. Federal Census
* West Virginia Marriages - 1
* Ohio - 1900 U.S. Federal Census
* North Carolina - 1900 U.S. Federal Census

The upcoming files that are being prepared to be extracted soon are:

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* West Virginia Deaths
* Mississippi - 1900 U.S. Federal Census
* Alabama - 1900 U.S. Federal Census
* Salt Lake County Births 1908-1915
* Indiana - 1900 U.S. Federal Census
* Virginia - 1900 U.S. Federal Census
* Texas - 1900 U.S. Federal Census
* West Virginia Births

If you interested in helping history to unfold,enjoy family history, looking at old records, and want to be part of a project that is going to make a difference to millions of people researching their family lines, volunteer at the link at the beginning of the page. Anyone can volunteer and enjoy the experience of helping others.

Worried about time constraints? No problem. The files that you will be extracting are small and manageable - about 50 names to be extracted at a time. I have been assisting with this extraction and it takes about 20 minutes to extract a record. You can do one file a month, a week, a day. You can start and stop as your time allows. It is managable. I love looking at the old records and reading about the various people listed, their occupations, whether they own their home, or if they are an immigrant. It is fascinating and be fun. I would encourage you take a look and consider participating if you can. Maybe you will find one of those long lost ancestors you have been looking for or maybe you will break down one of those brick walls that haven't been able to break through.
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