I know this isn’t a typical post, but it’s something really cool so I wanted to share. Have you ever heard of Indexing? I’m not talking about an index in a book you’re reading, but the kind of indexing I’m talking about has to do with family history – knowing about your family – about your ancestors. Indexing isn’t hard, and anyone can do it. My girl’s even do it. It’s fun, and it’s a great way to serve. Indexing is essential for making records available and searchable for many people wanting to discover their ancestors.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the commitment to helping people connect with their ancestors is rooted in our beliefs—that families are meant to be central to our lives and that family relationships are intended to continue beyond this life. We hold that all family members—those living, those past, and those future—share an enduring bond that reaches across the generations. To us this means that families are forever, and an important part of acting on this belief is doing family history. But you don’t have to be a member of my church or any church to love family history. Knowing things about your family that came before you is so wonderful and I think it’s important. Help people find those that are missing in their family tree!
I love looking back through old photos and records of my family. The picture below is of my dear grandma (and might I add those finger waves are to die for! 😉 ) who brought her little family (including my mom as a toddler) from Sweden to America. I love reading about her family … of my family roots. And the event that is coming up is to help everyone, worldwide, find information on their ancestors.
From July 15-17, FamilySearch International will sponsor the third annual “Worldwide Indexing Event,” bringing 72,000+ people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour event to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.
During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software and completing as many names as they would like. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join. With the Summer Olympics coming up and all kinds of will be broken by amazing athletes, wouldn’t it be awesome to join in a great cause and help preserve a different kind of record for generations to come?!
Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2008. The demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year.
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.
I hope you’ll join me, and thousands of others in this noble and worthwhile effort! You can index as many or as few names as you have time for. You can do it on one of the days or all of them. Whatever you have time for!
Come join in the fun!
Help over 72,000 people across the globe to save the World’s records. Click HERE or