Many records on the FamilySearch website are available thanks to the hard work of volunteers. In fact, over 250 million records are indexed by 200,000 to 300,000 volunteers every year.
These people have given their time to help index documents on FamilySearch.org, making it possible for you to search the records and easily find your ancestors. Now it is possible for you to thank these volunteers for their hard work!
How You Can Thank a Volunteer
The new Thank a Volunteer feature on FamilySearch.org is available for all records that have the name of a volunteer attached to them. The feature is easy to use. If you come across a record that you wish to thank an indexer for, open the record and follow these simple steps:
1. When viewing a record, click the Document Information section found under the preview image. If a record has the name of an indexer attached to it, an icon labeled Indexed Record will appear there. Not all records will have this feature available.
2. Below the Indexed Record icon and its description, click the Thank the Volunteer link. A prewritten thank you message will pop up. This message cannot be edited.
3. Click Send, and the message will be sent to the volunteer’s FamilySearch Messages inbox! A small notification on the top-right side of your screen will confirm that the message has been sent.
Family history is truly a worldwide endeavor, and the efforts of people you’ve never met may make the difference when you are trying to make a particularly tricky link. Next time you see the option on a record you’re searching, take time to thank the volunteer! That person gave his or her time to make your family history find possible.