Some people index to give back. Some people index because they are stuck in their own research. Why do you index? People around the world index and arbitrate for FamilySearch for a variety of reasons. We decided to ask some of our volunteers this question, and we received many diverse responses. Read what they had to say!
“I index because I think we are here at this time with all this technology to help move the work of Elijah along. The early pioneers had their purpose, and I think family history is ours! It is interesting, fun, and something even an old lady like me can do!”
“I find it so intriguing. I try to imagine the stories of the people whose names are on the record. I also always feel better after I’ve indexed a bunch!”
“I index for several reasons. (1) I like to help make records available for other people who are doing research. (2) Indexing is service. Service brings blessings. When I am stuck in my own research, indexing is an invitation to the Spirit to help me overcome the obstacles I have encountered. I always have more success in my research when I index first. (3) It is fun! We index as a family. It has been interesting to see my children develop increased ability to recognize names, document types, and even different handwriting styles as we index. (4) By indexing as a family, my children have developed a love of family history research, a love for the people that we have done indexing for, and an increased desire to do work for our own family. When we index, they want to find our own family members and go to the temple on their behalf.”
“I made a commitment when I started genealogy to index a record for every record that I used. Someone did it for me, so I am paying it forward.”
“I index because I feel I am giving back to all those who are also on this same genealogical journey.”
“Recently, when I hit a very hard part of life, I turned to indexing to keep me grounded. It helps distract me from my worries. The Spirit of Elijah and those who have gone before bring me comfort. Thanks for letting us help.”
“I started indexing because I love to transcribe records. It was brought to my attention that I would be ‘giving back’ by indexing, and I haven’t stopped after two years. For all of you who have volunteered to transcribe and have helped me find more information on my family—thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“Indexing makes me feel close to those whose names I index, and I often feel their presence. I also index to help family tree researchers who are awaiting records to be transcribed.”
“I started indexing following the extraction program, and I got hooked. I’m still indexing because I enjoy it and it’s a way to pay back those who have made it easier to do my family history. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, I find that indexing keeps my mind active, and it keeps me sane. I love it!”
“Well, I index because I love it. In all the years I have indexed, I can’t recall stumbling across anything to help me personally with research, but the technology is amazing, and I so want to be a part of helping others where I can.”
“I index so I can get a lot of practice deciphering handwriting and learn what documents are available. Once I start, it is hard to stop!
Thank you to the many volunteers who shared their testimonies and indexing experiences! Your sacrifice and contribution will help thousands who are looking for their ancestors.
Many blessings come from participating in this great work. What blessings have you received? Why do you index? Leave a comment below, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.