Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Final Numbers: FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event

DearREADERS,
The FINAL, final figures are in! Thanks to all participants in the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event. We made history! +Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt were cheering from the sidelines throughout the GeneaSleepOver! And it was pretty cool to have a rep from FamilySearch actually stop by several times to give us interim updates.


THE OFFICIAL WORD
"FamilySearch volunteers are amazing! On July 20th and 21st, FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators from around the world joined together to set an international record for the greatest number of indexing participants in a single day! We hoped to have an unprecedented 50,000 contributors in a 24 hour period. FamilySearch volunteers excelled, surpassing that goal by 16,511! That’s right—66,511 participants in one day! Incredible! We are grateful for the patience and persistence of many volunteers who faced technical difficulties due to an overwhelming response.

These generous indexers and arbitrators made a true difference. Each record and each name indexed and arbitrated matters. It only takes one to open the door to linking generations of families together. Without question, thousands of lives will be changed as a result of this day’s effort.

While the focus for this challenge was on the total number of participants, a tremendous amount of indexing and arbitration work was accomplished as well. Here are the results for the number of records indexed and arbitrated. 

Indexed: 4,682,746Arbitrated: 941,932Total Records Processed: 5.7 million

Our ancestors deserve to be remembered. You can be proud to be the one who made the difference for someone else who is looking for their ancestors. Because of you, they will know the joy of adding a new branch to their family tree. Thank you!Did you participate in this historic event? Celebrate with us! Print and/or share this badge online to let your friends know you helped make history! Visit the badge page to download the badge. 

We want to hear from you! Share your event day experience in a comment below or email us at fsindexing@familysearch.orgAnd keep indexing! More names and stories-especially from obituaries-are ready to be indexed by you and discovered by researchers worldwide. One volunteer, one document, one name can make all the difference to someone looking for his or her family." 

THANKS to everyone who stopped by DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ to VIEW and COMMENT during the 24 hour GeneaSleepOver. And a very special thanks to those who JOINed the filmstrip panel to share screens *live* as they indexed. It was a blast to talk about our favorite topic.


And yes, Ol' Myrt here is still catching up on her sleep.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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