By Jay Sparks Indexing is a great way to fuel family history discoveries. Hosting an indexing event in your area can create a fun and collaborative atmosphere where lots of indexing can be done in a short time, allowing more individuals to find family names. With the Worldwide Indexing Event coming on July 15–17, you […]
On nearly every indexing-related article on this blog, regardless of the subject, one or more people make an “arbitrator done-me-wrong” sort of comment. It is the most commonly expressed concern of indexers. But if you judge the overall state of indexing and arbitration by these comments or even by your own negative experiences, you may be in need of a little more straight talk. Full Story
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