We rarely get to see the ripple effects of even our smallest actions. This is especially true for those who get involved with internet indexing projects. We can get involved with any one of literally thousands of indexing projects and it takes only minutes to get started. We get our account, download some records, index them and then submit them, hoping that one day we might see the records we worked on as part of a large database on the internet. That is typically where the story ends. We know our work is important but we rarely get to see how that small ripple we make with our indexing effects someone else. But every once in awhile, someone gets to see a little more of the story.
Such is the case with a young Eagle Scout named Connor Murphy from Houston, Texas. Murphy used the BillionGraves.com website to identify a cemetery whose tombstones needed to be photographed and indexed. He and his scout troop photographed and indexed each tombstone so that their work would become part of BillionGrave’s free online cemetery index.
How the actions of this group of young scouts touched the life of another young man is as heartwarming and inspirational a story as you could ever hope to read. Take a minute and click this link to read how the life of another young man was dramatically affected by the work of these young scouts. To read a follow up to this story and learn more about what has happened to Joshua since the original story was posted, click here. These touching accounts show us that even though we may sometimes think our indexing efforts are small, our efforts can have a dramatic affect on someone else’s life.