Okay, let’s be honest. I am a casual genealogist. I’ve done enough of my family history to know where the holes are in my family tree, but sadly I don’t spend as much time as I’d like throughout the year developing my family tree.
By Jennifer Kerns Davis A few years ago, I was facing a somewhat challenging research problem in my tree. I had a family pieced together, but I could not extend the mother’s line. I was missing some important bits of data that would help me in my quest. At the time, I had a very […]
Another milestone has been reached in efforts to complete the Freedmen’s Bureau Project. We’d like to provide an update on the progress of the project and let you know where we are in the publication of indexed content. In addition, we’d like your help in focusing on three of our more challenging record sets to get them closer to completion. Full Story
In November 2015 nationally recognized economist and social media personality Pedro Afonso Gomes posted a link on Facebook showing the Brazilian immigration cards (Brasil, São Paulo—Cartões de Imigração, 1938–1980) project on FamilySearch. The post quickly went viral with over 61,000 shares, generating a wave of interest in finding Brazilian immigrant ancestors. Full Story
October’s “Straight Talk about the State of Indexing” article apparently touched on some topics that are on readers’ minds, so we decided to write an addendum. In the spirit of the first article, this one makes no attempt to sugar-coat the challenges of indexing, but it also asks: “Does indexing have to be perfect to make it perfectly worthwhile?” If your answer is a resounding “NO!” then you’re ready for more straight talk. Full Story
Now that the holidays have come and gone, I am thinking about how to make 2016 a better year than 2015. My question is, “What can I do to make the biggest impact?” If you’re a bargain shopper like me, you like getting a good BOGO (buy one, get one) deal. I’m the same with my New Year’s resolutions—I like setting goals that pay off in multiple ways. Take, for example, the popular resolution to be healthier. Two benefits—looking good plus feeling good—make it a pretty attractive goal to set. Full Story
Indexers and arbitrators love a good challenge, and they love working together with others to accomplish seemingly impossible goals. One of the greatest examples was the 1940 U.S. federal census project. Those who participated will long remember the thrill of processing more than 10 million records in a single day. Projects such as the 1940 census and worldwide indexing events have allowed volunteers to link arms with others around the world in a united effort. Full Story
First, a not-so-humble confession. I’m a good arbitrator! And I believe most of the arbitrators for FamilySearch indexing can say the same thing. We’re not perfect, but we strive to do our best. We read the indexing instructions. We index batches now and then to keep our skills honed. We can quote the basic indexing guidelines. Along with following the rules, some of us have a few secret habits to confess. Full Story