FamilySearch Indexers Leave a Legacy in a Record Setting Event

On July 2, FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators from around the world joined together for 24 hours in what became a mind-boggling event in so many ways. Who could have guessed that we would MORE THAN DOUBLE what was already an aggressive indexing and arbitration goal to complete 5 million records? Simply unbelievable! In baseball terms, that’s an “out of the park grand slam!”

The final record count for the “5 Million Name Fame” event day is:Indexed Records: 7,258,151Arbitrated Records: 3,082,728Total Records Worked: 10,340,879

Equally astounding is this number: 46,091. That’s the total number of volunteers who participated. The previous high was 34,948, putting July 2nd's total at more than 11,000 over the previous one-day record!

Just for fun, we went looking for a way to illustrate how many people that represents. It turns out Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri seats 46,861 or just 770 more than showed up to index and arbitrate yesterday. Need a visual? Check out the 360° view from the pitcher’s mound at Busch Stadium. Click here to see the stadium full of people. Now imagine that everyone of those people is a FamilySearch indexer or arbitrator and you start to appreciate what really happened on July 2!

Of course, when all is said and done, what really matters is the number one. That’s the number of people it takes to make a difference. You can be proud to be the one who made the difference for someone else who is looking for their ancestors. Because of you, they will know the joy of adding a new branch to their family tree. For that, we (and they) sincerely thank you!

10Million Records Badge

Did you participate in this historic event? Celebrate with us! Print and/or share this badge online to let your friends know you helped make history! Visit the “Five Million Record Challenge” badge page to download the badge. We want to hear from you! Tell us who you found or share the most interesting record you indexed or arbitrated. Share your event day story here or email us at fsindexing@familysearch.org.This article was written by Michael Judson.

About the Author