We are slightly behind in reaching our goal of 200 million records completed in 2010. To give ourselves a boost and help us get closer to our goal for the year, we want to challenge everyone to make the month of September our most productive month ever. So far March 2010 has been our best month, with 21 million records completed in just one month.
The question is, “Can we complete 22 million records in one month?” Yes! We believe we can, but we need help from everyone. Whether you can index or arbitrate 50 more records per week or month, or 5,000 more, every contribution large or small is vital. One person cannot do this work alone.
The best resource we have to help us reach our goal is each other. We need to communicate. If you have questions about a batch or you get stumped by some handwriting, don’t fret and worry that you can’t do it alone. We all want to help. Please go to our Facebook page (available in English and French) or FamilySearch Forums (available in English and Spanish) to get answers from your fellow indexers. You can also follow us on Twitter to get updates on our progress, reply with questions, and get answers as fast as we can send them back.
As we work toward our goal, we will post our progress on Facebook, Twitter, and the News page on the FamilySearch indexing Web site.
The fact that we are even close to being on track to reach 200 million records is extraordinary. In 2009, we completed 140 million records, so it would be a remarkable accomplishment to complete 60 million additional records this year. We haven’t seen that significant of an increase since we went from 11 million records in 2006 to 91 million records in 2007. Our goal is a bit lofty, but we truly believe this is the year that we can hit this huge milestone.
Let’s all work together to reach our goal of 22 million records in September and 200 million records in 2010, so we can increase online genealogical resources by that many more names.
Note of clarification: A record is usually a documented genealogical event for one person, such as a birth certificate or one line on a census sheet. And completing a record means that the record was indexed by two volunteers and reviewed by an arbitrator as needed.