A family of seven has been indexing in Guatemala City. Mom, Dad, five children, and Grandpa and Grandma live together and share one computer that has Internet access. They balance taking turns indexing with all the children being in school, Dad working, and Mom finishing her studies at the university. At times, the family goes to the local family history center to work on more machines with Internet access. In 2011, the Lanuza family indexed over 37,000 records.
The father, Wilfredo, said that a great miracle has occurred in their family as a result of indexing.
He said, “We’ve had some challenges, but by participating in this work there has been a big change in the behavior of each family member, and the relations have become more loving and tolerant.” Wilfredo also volunteers his time as an administrator for a group of indexers in Guatemala City. He coordinates the work of 174 volunteers and helps keep the momentum going in the area. In 2011, this group indexed over 141,000 records.
This family and others have recently been indexing paragraph-form civil registration records. These particular collections, three of which are currently available for indexing, are some of the more difficult records to index because they can cover multiple images and do not appear on printed forms. In all, six collections are now published on familysearch.org for Guatemala, and three of these collections have images.
Thanks to a wonderful Spanish indexing workforce, over 7 million names were indexed in 2011. We’re grateful to individuals, families, and groups who volunteer their time to create databases where records are made available to the world for free.