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 started indexing, 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 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.”
“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!
“Originally, I started indexing because I was stuck and saw an advertisement asking for help with the 1940 census. Once I started, I got hooked. I also like the idea of paying it forward to those who are also looking for their ancestors. I see the projects flying to completion, which is great for all researchers.”
“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 done a bunch!”
“I’m from Ireland, where so few records of genealogical importance have survived, so I index to help make what Irish records are in existence more available.”
“I index because it’s fun and helps others! I always hope to find something related to my family.”
“Indexing brings a happy spirit into my heart!”
“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.”
“I index because I want to give back for all the blessings and resources I have found. I also index because I don´t want others to be stuck.”
Thank you to the many volunteers who shared their indexing experiences! Your sacrifice and contribution will help thousands of people who are looking for their ancestors.
Many benefits come from participating in this great work. What has indexing done for you? Why do you index? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment below.