FamilySearch Indexing - Choose your own indexing project
May 03, 2007
FamilySearch Indexing continues to be the greatest advancement in genealogy technology in years. We continue to encourage all Legacy Family Tree users to participate in this new project.
There are many indexing projects currently available, with many more in the works. Which project you work on is entirely up to you.
After opening the software, there are two main buttons. If you click on "Download Indexing Batch" you will be indexing the documents that fall into FamilySearch's highest priority documents. In other words, FamilySearch decides which document they want you to index.
If, however, your ancestors lived in Illinois in 1900, you might want to participate in the 1900 U.S. Illinois Federal Census indexing project. You have the choice! Just click on the "Download From..." button, and you can choose any of the existing projects. Click on the image below to see what this looks like.
To Sign Up
If you have not yet signed up, please visit www.FamilySearchIndexing.org. To read our initial announcement about the project, click here.
How does indexing for legacy correspond with, say, an index for a book? For example, I want to look up the subject Akerselva. I go to the book index and find the word Akerselva with, say page nos. 10-15; 85; and 101. I would expect the word Akerselva would be found on all those pages. Is this what the legacy index will do?
Posted by: George Foss | May 04, 2007 at 09:05 AM
If I participate in these projects, will the info be made available on line someday to the general public?
Posted by: Susan | May 06, 2007 at 12:09 PM
Susan, yes, they will be made available at www.familysearch.org for no cost.
Posted by: Geoff Rasmussen | May 06, 2007 at 12:39 PM
Will this information come online as it gets done, or wait until it is ALL done?
Posted by: Margaret Cason | May 06, 2007 at 10:04 PM
This is an very easy project to work on. I have been indexing census record for a week now. I try to get at least one page a day done. I encourae you all to give it a try.
Posted by: Ruth Hall | May 07, 2007 at 12:05 PM
Do you find many are joining from the UK or is it mainly US trees? I use family search quite a lot and it has been very helpful but I don't have any US connections.
Posted by: Colleen Kilvington | May 11, 2007 at 01:58 PM
I would be interested in indexing say something for Co Cork or Co Sligo in Ireland but have no interest in indexing documents in USA. Is that an option or not?
Posted by: Anne | May 22, 2007 at 05:33 PM
I would gladly volunteer to transcribe records if they covered the UK. Perhaps they should consider these projects, there are plenty of English people out there wanting unavailable records. Everything seems to be based on America which is useless to a lot of us as we have no relations there.
Posted by: Christina Bawden | May 22, 2007 at 11:25 PM
Anne, at FamilySearchIndexing.org, click on the Projects tab, then click on the Upcoming Projects link. One of the upcoming projects is Irish Civil Registration. There are also other projects for other areas of the world, and this will expand as time moves on.
Posted by: Geoff Rasmussen | May 23, 2007 at 12:22 PM
The indexing project, which is simply the LDS extraction program updated to be entirely Internet based, is not intended to be a research tool for the individual genealogist. It is a labor of love that will provide others with easier access to their family records. The likelihood that you will download a census or civil record with your family line is almost non-existent. However, someone somewhere is transcribing your family records (or will eventually), enabling you to some day find that "brick wall" ancestor in an online database.
Posted by: Marilynn Boosinger | May 28, 2007 at 01:22 AM