Last year was a wonderful year for indexing. We now have over 100 projects available in 11 languages, with the addition of Portuguese and Polish projects.
There are now more opportunities for indexers to communicate with the creation of this FamilySearch indexing newsletter; the FamilySearch blog; indexing Facebook pages in English, Spanish, and French; and indexing pages on FamilySearch wiki.
The number of contributors to this worldwide effort grew from 88,000 in 2009, to 127,000 in 2010. The average indexer contributed 2,169 records, and the average arbitrator contributed 17,803 records.
All in all, we completed 185,945,707 records last year!
185 Million Records Completed—What’s Behind the Number
When we talk about 185 million records completed, there is much more behind that number than you may realize.
First, you can appreciate that these 185 million records are ready to be published or have already been published online for free to the public.
Second, these records have gone all the way through the process of being indexed twice and arbitrated as needed. We actually indexed and arbitrated up to 460 million records; 274 million indexed and almost 186 million arbitrated (that includes records reviewed by human arbitrators and those that did not need arbitration because the two indexers agreed on every character in the batch).
Third, and probably the most important point, each record has the possibility of containing more than one name, such as birth records that may contain the name of the child and the parents, so one record could really equal three names. It’s difficult to give an estimate as to how many names have been published, but you can be sure that hundreds of millions of names are (or will be) searchable at www.familysearch.org because of your efforts.
Each one of the 127,000 contributors to this worldwide effort deserves heartfelt gratitude from the thousands, if not millions, of researchers who will use these records.