The following analogy was first presented to FamilySearch by Gilbert Staepels, who currently resides in France.
Congress agreed in 1862 that building a railroad would save future time and money. And it did. Although it took six years to build, it served as a vital link for trade, commerce, and travel that joined the Atlantic and Pacific coasts together for the very first time. Not only was it reliable, it was faster, safer, and cheaper than any other method. The transcontinental railroad surpasses the building of the Erie Canal as one of America’s greatest technological feats of the 19th century.
In the movie Mountain of the Lord, created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the prophet Brigham Young declared a cease of all construction of the Salt Lake Temple to assist the union workers with the railway. Many did not understand this decision, but Brigham explained it by saying, “We are not going to halt work on the temple. . . . In fact, we will be advancing it. You see, I believe that in order to complete the temple, we must first expend every possible effort to complete the railroad.”
Indexing, you could say, is like a railway to your ancestors. Taking a little time to index now will eventually save you time and money. It will take many years to index the records of the world, but with your continued support, the records you need will be ready and available faster and cheaper than any other method. FamilySearch believes indexing is one of the greatest technological feats in genealogical history. And it’s serving its purpose of supplying you with indexed names for this day and age.
Thank you for your continued support of FamilySearch indexing. Thank you for understanding and helping us spread the concept of indexing and its vital importance in unlocking the world’s genealogical records to your friends, neighbors, and associates. We believe that in order for you to complete your pedigree, we must first expend some of our effort to complete the indexes.