Have you ever wondered why a project you indexed last year has yet to be published on FamilySearch? The answer to that question may have to do with the arbitration backlog.
First off, what is arbitration? Arbitration is a final quality check before indexed records can be published on FamilySearch.org. When more records are arbitrated, more records finally become available so people can find their ancestors.
So how does arbitration work? Two volunteers index every record. When their answers agree with one another, no arbitration is needed. When their answers don’t agree, someone needs to determine which, if either, is correct. That person is an arbitrator.
You might ask, why should I arbitrate? The best answer is to help publish the more than 4 million indexed images that are currently waiting on the arbitration step. Without arbitration, indexed images cannot proceed forward to publication on FamilySearch.org.
Arbitrators are greatly needed in all languages, but especially in Spanish and Portuguese. Remember, however, arbitrators should only arbitrate in their native language or in a language in which they are fluent. Countries where the current arbitration need is highest are the Philippines (records in English and Spanish), Peru (Spanish), and Chile (Spanish).
If you would like to learn more about arbitration, please click here. We also recommend you visit the arbitrator page by clicking here. FamilySearch indexing looks forward to an ever growing community of arbitrators.