Monday, June 15, 2009
Summer Indexing Challenge
It took me more than a week to finally get signed up (a phone call to admin did the trick), but I finally finished my first batch. I am officially an indexer!
My ward is having a summer family history challenge, part of which is a goal to index 100,000 names on FamilySearch.org. I had been hearing of other ward members who are already indexing fools. And yesterday in sacrament meeting one of the young women gave a talk and she has completed almost 1000 names on her own already. So amazing!
The batch of 50 names I completed today was from the 1920 Census in Pennsylvania (looked a lot like the one shown above, only readable :-). The only hard thing about it was figuring out a few of the names (Furgston? Lethea? Breitweitz?). Otherwise it was interesting to see where they were from, the family relationships, and when some of them had immigrated. I was interested to see how many of them had boarders living in their home--more than a few and a practice that is quite uncommon today. It took about an hour and then I uploaded it back to FamilySearch.org.
Not a bad experience. In fact, quite the opposite!
Scripture of the Day: Malachi 4:5-6