Have you heard how indexing helps “Fuel the Find”? Indexed records are the fuel that helps FamilySearch.org lead people to their ancestors. There are so many people who have seen firsthand how indexing has opened new discoveries in their own family trees. Here are a couple of their stories.
Technology will help you in the future.
LaFern M. said, “I am so grateful for the indexing that has been done by complete strangers to help me find my family.” For years she was aware of a gap in her family history on her father’s side.
She recounted, “As my husband and I started working on our family history in the 1990s, I wanted to work on these lines but wasn’t sure how to proceed. Each time I thought about working on those family lines, I had the feeling, ‘Technology will help you in the future.’ We then continued to work on areas where information was readily accessible instead.”
Years later, her focus was again drawn to that same section of her chart. She said, “I saw my second-great-grandfather and saw that his mother didn’t have any listed grandparents. I had the names of her parents and went in search of their birth records. I found both birth certificates—submitted via indexing projects—which included the names of the missing parents I was looking for.
“Since this experience, almost all of the new documents that I have found that allowed us to add a child or parent on our family tree have been made available through indexing. Now I do indexing because I know that it will one day help somebody.”
Make an effort to discover your ancestors.
Sergio M. has also seen the fruits of indexing. When he and his wife were married they were challenged to make an effort to do their family history.
His mother had worked in family history for 17 years, and he was doubtful that he would be able to contribute. With determination, he decided to begin by learning how to index. With his mother’s help, he set goals and began indexing thousands of records. He began to feel more and more excited about discovering his own ancestors.
He and his wife decided to take the next step and turn their attention to her family history, which had hardly been touched. After a visit with her grandmother, they found the names of family members down to the fourth generation. The next day, they went to FamilySearch.org to enter the names they had found.
“When we went to enter in the name of my wife’s great-great-grandmother, we utilized the option of searching for possible duplicates. To our surprise, we found her exact record. We found the name of her husband, her parents, the parents of her parents, and so on until we completed seven generations.
“At that time, my heart was touched in a great way. Thanks to the fact that someone had indexed their names previously, their information was available in the system.”
There are people near and far with stories just like Sergio’s and LaFern’s. There are thousands more who are enjoying the fruits of indexing, many without even realizing it. People will naturally want to help “Fuel the Find” as they see how rewarding it can be. Go to FamilySearch.org/indexing to learn more about indexing.
What experiences have you had discovering your ancestors through indexed records?
Help Fuel the Find
Learn how you can help people like LaFern and Sergio discover important details of their family story. Watch the video.