Sunday, November 28, 2010

Need your inspiring story about FamilySearch

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here has been approached for a project -- worthwhile to say the least. But I need help from my DearREADERS. I know that a number of you are actively supporting www.FamilySearchIndexing.org as either indexers or arbitrators, and that an even greater number are accessing original documents that have been indexed and are now available at FamilySearch.org.

What's needed are a few inspiring stories about your experiences with the FamilySearch Indexing project. Here are some starting points:
  • What inspired you to become a FamilySearch indexer?
  • What if any training did you receive as a FamilySearch Indexer?
  • What do you think about the Part A, Part B and then arbitration methodolgy?
  • How many of your genealogy friends participate in the indexing project?
  • How frequently do you do research at http://pilot.familysearch.org soon to be replaced by http://beta.familysearch.org?
  • Describe a research breakthrough using either the pilot or beta FamilySearch indexed records. Be specific as to record group, and your ancestor's name.
Time is of the essence, so please take time to tell Ol' Myrt how FamilySearch Indexing projects have impacted your research.

I, for one, like to index when I am stymied, and cannot figure out where to look next for records mentioning my ancestors. Indexing makes me feel I am "paying my dues" or "paying it forward". Some of my best brick wall busters have been because others indexed an obscure record group that listed my ancestor.

Be sure to post your reply in comments after this blog entry.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.