The date was June 21, 1970. The stage was the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Brazil and Italy faced off in front of 107,412 spectators for the FIFA World Cup title. Perhaps the most memorable moment in that World Cup came in the 86th minute of the game. Tostão recovered the ball for Brazil and passed to Clodoaldo in the midfield. Clodoaldo dribbled past four Italian players and passed the ball to Rivelino, who passed to striker Jairzinho. Bringing the ball to the top of the box, Jairzinho then passed to the legendary Pelé, who, without looking, kicked a perfectly placed pass to Carlos Alberto. He then kicked the ball across the box to score a phenomenal and unforgettable goal. At this point, the crowd went wild and stormed into the field to celebrate Brazil’s third World Cup.
Perhaps indexing doesn’t seem as exciting as winning a World Cup. And the chances of 100,000 people storming into your home after you have indexed a batch are not very high. But for every silent indexing victory you achieve, there is a strong worldwide community that is cheering you on. In total, there are more than 400,000 indexers who have contributed over the past six years since FamilySearch indexing began, and several thousand more join each week.
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With this growth, we can expand our focus to a wider selection of indexing projects and languages. For example, there is a great need for help indexing Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian language records. If you have language skills in one of these languages, we encourage you to give some of these records a try. And feel free to invite your friends to participate with you so you can celebrate your victories together.
For more information on the Italian language projects, go to https://familysearch.org/italy, where you can learn more about how to index Italian records. And don’t forget to visit the Facebook pages for FamilySearch indexing in Italian (FamilySearch Indexing Italiano), in Portuguese (Indexação do FamilySearch) and in Spanish (FamilySearch Indexing Español). There you will always be up to date with the latest indexing news.