Wednesday, July 01, 2015 Indexing Challenge

Last July we hosted a 24-hour hangout to support the world-wide initiative to engage more indexers and arbitrators. This year at Juneteenth, FamilySearch announced a new US African American "Freedmen's Bureau Project" located at

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"Emancipation freed nearly 4 million slaves. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established to help transition them from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care. And for the first time in U.S. history, the names of those individuals were systematically recorded and preserved for future generations." Watch the video to learn more.

Ol' Myrt here asks that each of her followers to contribute 30 minutes each week in July 2015 to this massive indexing project. That will surely get the ball rolling. I've even created a Google Sheet if you'd like to keep track of your numbers here:
"Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed to make these records searchable online. No specific time commitment is required, and anyone may participate. Volunteers simply log on, pull up as many scanned documents as they like, and enter the names and dates into the fields provided. Once published, information for millions of African Americans will be accessible, allowing families to build their family trees and connect with their ancestors." Source:


"To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum." Source:

Though Ol' Myrt's DNA doesn't indicate African or Native American ancestry, I want to help. Others have indexed records to make my research easier.

It's time to 'pay it forward' don't you think?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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