January Special: 2-for-1 New Year’s Resolution

December 31, 2015  - by 

Now that the holidays have come and gone, I am thinking about how to make 2016 a better year than 2015. My question is, “What can I do to make the biggest impact?” If you’re a bargain shopper like me, you like getting a good BOGO (buy one, get one) deal. I’m the same with my New Year’s resolutions—I like setting goals that pay off in multiple ways. Take, for example, the popular resolution to be healthier. Two benefits—looking good plus feeling good—make it a pretty attractive goal to set.

This year, I’ve found a 2-for-1 deal for me and you. The resolution: participate in FamilySearch indexing. Here are 2 ways indexing may be the most productive resolution you have ever set:

  1. It is an easy way for almost anyone to serve. Maybe one of your other resolutions is to serve more. Bonus! Indexing is the process that makes billions of historical records digitally available to people all over the world. There are people out there who have been searching for their ancestors for years. In 30 minutes or less, you could be the one who provides the missing link.
  2. Improve your language skills. If you are currently studying or have studied a second language at some point in your life, indexing can be a fun way to maintain or improve your skills. At any given time, there are indexing projects available in many different languages. Additionally, you will be helping to fill the huge need for more searchable records in non-English languages.

New Year’s Resolution

To make it easy on you, the indexing program has a built-in “resolution-maker.” It is called “My Personal Goal.” You can go in and give yourself a goal to reach within a certain time frame to stay motivated.

So, how many records will you index this year?

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  1. let’s see….. 500 per mont x 12 = 6,000 but that doesn’t include the annual WWIE, when I will probably do more sooooo….. lets make it 7,000. That’s my goal. As of today I am at 244 for January.

  2. Have done several thousands over the years but have become so disillusioned with the poor standard of arbitration, that this year will probably be much less. It’s frustrating to work so hard to follow the indexing and project guidelines, only to have all that hard work undone by arbitrators who don’t follow the rules. No wonder I have so many brick walls!

  3. I used the “My Personal Goal” as part of my BYU-Idaho Famikly History class FDREL 261 this month. My goal end-date was yesterday, so I planned on doing a write-up today. So today I am very unhappy to see that my goal disappeared and I have no record of indexing to report to my teacher. Please make a way for goals to stay visible until we erase it.

  4. I started indexing late 2016 and really enjoy helping. I like one of the others feel this is a great way to repay LDS for allowing me to use this awesome site. I did say I wasn’t going to index anymore, because of some of the way the records were being arbitrated, but have gone a head and continued anyway. I try to be very careful, read all instructions but felt the arbitrators weren’t following the instructions. I am proud of my 98% record.