Welcome to a New Year of Indexing

January 15, 2013  - by 

Thanks to the contributions of more than 358,000 dedicated FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators, over 263,250,000 records have been added to FamilySearch.org in the past 12 months. This far surpasses the achievements of volunteers in any previous year.

And though it is already the largest volunteer crowdsourcing effort of its kind, FamilySearch indexing continues to gain momentum. For 2013 the attention of the community will focus on three main initiatives—the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Community Project, the Italian Ancestors project, and a greatly expanded emphasis on Latin American records.

Everyone is welcome to join the community as we move forward in the new year. Visit familysearch.org/indexing to get started.

To view the new and recently completed projects, visit here.


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  1. I have truly enjoyed indexing these past few months. Am glad for the opportunity to help keep our heritage going. Plus learned more about places and family names. Very interesting. Thank you for the opportunity.

  2. I have been trying to access indexing and keep getting “internal server error”

    I would like to help index the 1855 New York State census, particularly New York and Kings counties. Has any progress been made on this project?

  3. The design layout of the email messages posted are tasteful and well done.However, the appear in very small size type and it appears that text is not shown in black but rather gray. There are a lot of us doing indexing and other family history work whose eyes are not what they were when we were the age of those who probably produce the LDS webpages and emails. It would be of great benefit to many of us if larger typeface were used along with more vivid colors for text.
    We can of course go to the “Show Reader” feature and zoom in to enlarge the text. But why require participants to take the extra time and trouble?
    Thanks for considering!
    Menlo Smith