Thursday, June 18, 2009

FamilySearchIndexes: Changes in user interface, etc.

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FamilySearch.org. Please address all inquiries to Support@FamilySearch.org.

16 June 2009
Significant updates were made recently to the FamilySearch Indexing application and Web site. Batch Sharing seems to be the most popular of the new features. Following are brief descriptions of the updates:

Batch Sharing. This exciting new feature appeals to indexers who enjoy online social networking capability. It allows two volunteers (indexers or arbitrators) to collaborate on a batch. Both indexers can view the same batch, and using the indexers’ preferred instant messaging tool or phone, they can discuss and index the batch together. One indexer will have read-write capability and the other will have read only.

Tip of the Day. A dialog box will greet indexers when they sign in to the indexing application. Best practices and other quick time saving tools will be shared.

Project Selection Dialog Box. This feature (which appears when you click the Download From… button) will have the option to show all projects or only those that match an indexer’s preferences. It will also display the difficulty level of each project.

Fields Marked for Review. Indexers can choose to display either a red wavy line or colored background in fields marked for review. The color and transparency of the background can also be changed.

Image Type. This will now be the first field in every batch. Indexer will select the description of each image (Normal, Blank, or Duplicate) from the list provided.

Header Data Tab. A new tab in the data entry area will enable indexers to enter information that applies to an entire document just once. Not all batches will include this tab. It will open first when a batch is downloaded.

New Icons. The icons used to mark a field or record “unreadable” will have a blue question mark on them instead of a red slash.

Volunteers can register anytime and begin indexing immediately at Indexing.FamilySearch.org.

New Indexing Projects

New indexing projects added this week are:

  • Argentina Censo 1869—Santiago y Santa Fe
  • Australia, Greenwich—Genealogical Records, 1776–1980
  • Australia, NSW—Bounty Immigrants, 1824–1842 (This is a regional project.)
  • Pennsylvania—1920 U.S. Federal Census
  • U.K., Cheshire Parish Records [Part 2], 1538-1850

(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects).

Recently Completed Projects

(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication.)

  • Argentina Censo 1869—Corrientes y Entre Rios
  • Canada, British Columbia Births, 1854–1903
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1916–1922 [Part 1]
  • Mississippi—1920 U.S. Federal Census
  • Rhode Island—1920 U.S. Federal Census
  • UK, Cheshire—Land Tax, 1778–1832
  • Vermont—1920 U.S. Federal Census

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Argentina, Buenos Aires 1855 Census
Spanish
35%

Argentina Censo 1869—Jujuy Salta Tucuman
Spanish
23%

Argentina Censo 1869—Santiago y Santa Fe
Spanish
(New)

Arkansas County Marriages VI, 1837–1957
English
29%

Australia, Greenwich—Genealogical Records, 1776–1980
English
(New)

Austria, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925
German
1%

Belgium, Antwerp Foreigners Index, 1840–1930
Dutch, Flemish
38%

Brandenburg Kirchenbücher, 1789–1875
German
64%*

France Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Part 1]
French
54%

France Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Part 2]
French
1%

France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792–1906
French
88%

France, Paroisses de Cherbourg, 1802–1907
French
1%

France, Paroisses de Coutances, 1802–1907
French
1%

France, Paroisses de Saint-Lo, 1802–1907
French
2%

Germany, Mecklenburg 1890 Volkszählung, Div 24–38
German
16%

Indiana, Adams County Marriages, 1811–1959
English
18%

Indiana, Allen County Marriages, 1811–1959
English
10%

Indiana, Blackford County Marriages 1811–1959
English
74%

Italy, Trento Baptism Records, 1784–1924
Italian
82%

Jamaica, Trelawny Births, 1878–1930
English
9%

Mexico, Censo de 1930—Mexico
Spanish
3%

Mexico, Censo de 1930—Tamaulipas
Spanish
89%

Mexico, Censo de 1930—Yucatan
Spanish
25%

New York 1905 State Census
English
32%

Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records, 1879–Present
Spanish
52%*

Pennsylvania—1920 U.S. Federal Census
English
(New)

Peru, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910–1930
Spanish
30%

Russia, St Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885
German
1%

South Carolina—1920 U.S. Federal Census
English
82%

Spain, Avila, Moraleja de Matacabras, 1540–1904
Spanish
34%

Spain, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales [Part 1], 1530–1930
Spanish
19%

U.K., Cheshire Parish Records [Part 2], 1538-1850
English
(New)

U.K., Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1538–Present
English
2%

Ukraine, Kyiv, 1840–1842
Russian
19%

Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales. 1654–1992
Spanish
20%

(*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Arkansas Marriages IV, 1837–1957
English
35%

Belgique—Registres Des Décès—Charleroi, 1851–1900
French
28%

Belgique—Registres Des Décès—En Français, 1796–1910
French
22%*

België—Overlijdens Registers—In het Nederlands, 1796–1910
Dutch, Flemish
88%*

België—Overlijdens Registers—Kalmthout, 1851–1900
Dutch, Flemish
63%

België—Overlijdens Registers—Mechelen, 1851–1900
Dutch, Flemish
8%

Bremer Schifflisten, 1904–1914
German
56%

Flanders Death Registration, 1796–1900
French, Dutch, Flemish
79%*

Indiana Marriages, 1882 to April 1905
English
91%

Norway 1875 Census [Part 1]
Norwegian
38%

Nova Scotia, Antigonish Church Records, 1823–1905
English
84%

Ohio Tax Records—2 of 4, Post 1825
English
77%

Ohio Tax Records—3 of 4, Post 1825
English
1%

Vermont Militia Records, 1861–1867
English
43%

(*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

Current FamilySearch Regional Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
(These projects are being indexed by volunteers in specific areas of the world.)

Australia, NSW—Bounty Immigrants, 1824–1842
English
(New)

Australia, Sydney Cemetery Inscriptions, 1800–1960
English
6%

Australia—Victoria Probate Records, 1853–1989
English
65%

Canada, British Columbia Marriages, 1859–1932
English
7%

Quebec—Trois-Rivières IC, 1800–1900
French
52%

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