Indexed records are one of the great marvels inspired by God to assist in the effort to gather His family. As a temple and family history consultant, you can play a key role in helping others learn to index those records that enable discovery experiences around the world. One fun way to get others involved is through the annual worldwide indexing event on October 20–22, 2017.
For more information on the event, click here.
As in years past, the purpose of the event will be to unite the international indexing community around the common goal of making more historical records searchable online for free. Last year’s event broke the previous records with more than 100,000 indexers helping to index over 10,000,000 records.
This year, we encourage local wards to set their own goals for participation in the event. Local participation will help indexers feel more united with each other and connected with the records they are indexing.
Indexing helps connect families with their ancestors, a work commissioned by our Heavenly Father. Indexing can help members feel the Holy Ghost as it testifies of this work that began with Elijah’s coming. As Henry B. Eyring said, “The affection you feel for your ancestors is part of the fulfillment of [Malachi’s] prophesy,” (“Gathering the Family of God,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 21).
As a family history consultant, you can play a key role in educating your members, organizing groups, setting goals, and publicizing the event. Indexing is a great activity for people of all skill levels, and this event is one of the best times to get involved.
Share the News
Get the word out about the event. Coordinate with your ward or stake councils. Invite friends, family, and neighbors to participate.
This could also be a fun way to connect long-distance family members in a combined goal, to strengthen relationships with neighbors, or to unite the ward in a single effort. Everyone is invited to participate, and the strength of the community will help make this an enjoyable experience for participants.
We encourage you to find what works best for your ward or neighborhood as you look for ways to participate! Here are some ideas you could try:
- Host an indexing party. The worldwide indexing event is a perfect opportunity to get beginners and experienced indexers alike working together towards a common goal.
- Invite people to index from home. Indexing in a peaceful environment can help people concentrate, and more importantly, it can help them feel the Spirit as they’re performing this service.
As long as your ward members have a computer or a device that’s connected to the internet, they can participate anywhere.
To download flyers and posters that may help spread the word, follow the links below. Event materials are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian.
Get Ready, Get Set . . .
To prepare for this event, FamilySearch is working hard to make more records available to be indexed. By the time the event comes around, there will be records available from many countries around the world and in many languages. There will be records appropriate for every experience level—from beginner to advanced—so that all can feel the joy of participating. The goal is to make this event accessible to as many people as possible and to end the event with new records accessible to people looking for their family from around the globe.
As the event approaches, stay tuned for more information. We look forward to hearing stories about how local wards and stakes—and neighborhoods—are uniting together to achieve indexing goals.