In our last newsletter we invited you to share your indexing experiences. Thank you to all who have contributed. We are inspired as we open our mail and read about why you index and the discoveries you’ve made in your own research. Here are some of our favorite comments:
“I have never understood regular family history work. I have tried many times, but it just doesn’t seem to stick in my head very well…. [Indexing] was a way I could help others and maybe even find a few people for our family!” ~ Paula
“I am not LDS, but I had the good fortune to be a volunteer in the [St David Arizona Family History Center in Benson, Arizona,] for a few years. It was there I began indexing and haven’t stopped, other than time out for back surgery. I really do enjoy the task and am fully aware of how much my individual efforts contribute to the store of information for researchers in the future.” ~ Donna
“I felt I needed to give back to others who had done so much to make it easier to do my genealogy, and indexing was helping others find their families. So I am still doing [my genealogy], as well as indexing to give you the chance to do yours.“ ~ Karen
“I am indexing because I want to give back to [FamilySearch] for all of the wonderful information that I have found about my own roots over the past twenty years through the use of the filmstrips from Europe that were made available to me. I have learned through my genealogy work that our roots take us to many countries and not just the direct country from which we think we originated!” ~ Addie
“For five years I tried to discover what happened to Grandma Hannah and her daughter, Elizabeth. Last year, I checked familysearch.org and found someone had indexed the 1850 Quincy, Illinois, census and there they were! I want to give back the great blessing it was to me to find that record. That’s why I index!” ~ Maurine
Motivation to Get Started
“As summer vacation was approaching for my school kids, I decided that since they would have some time on their hands, I would get them excited about something other than TV and video games. I gathered a group of kids together (ages ranging from 10–17), and issued an indexing challenge! The first team of two indexers to reach 2,500 names would get taken out to eat at a fancy restaurant! Well, those tech-savvy kids got busy and between the eight of them, indexed 4,800 names in three and a half days! Callie and Carter were the first team to reach the 2,500-name goal, and so they won the fabulous dinner out! All of the kids got to come to a banana split party at our house for participating. All eight kids now have a great new hobby!” ~ Jennifer
“I started indexing in earnest when I found I was going to deal with my third round of cancer in two years. Now I am now taking chemo treatments for cancer spots in my left lung. I have indexed over 3,000 names since I started in March. I index while waiting for my rides; I index while watching my favorite shows and my favorite baseball team (the Giants); and I index just for fun. I know for a fact I am being blessed because of this wonderful and fun opportunity!!!” ~ Diane
Indexing as a Matchmaker?
“On March 23rd a 68-year-old male in Palmyra, New York, and a 70-year-old female in Lake City, Florida, met [online]. We started talking on Skype. We started indexing as we talked for hours at a time. On April 10 we got engaged. We got married on June 2nd. During our talks we were able to complete over 14,000 names and got to know each other.” ~ Claude and Carolyn
We hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into our inbox. What a pleasure it is to work with so many talented and dedicated people as we make billions of records searchable for each other. Keep up the good work, and keep sending your stories to us at email@example.com.
Watch for more stories from indexers like you in future newsletters.
This article was written by Debbie McPheters.