The FamilySearch Indexing project is now open to the public, and is one of the most exciting advances in genealogy technology to ever occur.
The Family History Library is currently in the process of digitizing over two million rolls of microfilm to eventually make them available at FamilySearch.org. The images will need to be indexed to make them easily-searchable. Read all about the digitization project here.
Imagine this - instead of traveling to the Family History Library or one of its centers to manually search through rolls of film for information about an ancestor - you will be able to type in your ancestors' names and click on the search button - from the comfort of your own computer. FamilySearch will then search its millions of rolls of film for your ancestor, present you with a list of possible matches, and with one more click - provide you with a digital image of the record.
This can all be possible with your help via the FamilySearch Indexing project. After you sign up as a volunteer, you can download their indexing software, and begin indexing the records. Once indexed, these indexes will be linked to the actual images, and eventually, made searchable online.
Current indexing projects (as of April 2007) include the following:
- 1900 U.S. Federal Census
- George Death Certificates
- Ontario Deaths
- Texas Death Certificates
- West Virginia Births
- West Virginia Deaths
- West Virginia Marriages
- Indiana Marriages
- Ohio Tax Records
- Boston, Massachusetts State Census
- Salt Lake County Deaths
In the first quarter of 2007, almost 29.5 million names were indexed. There are currently about 33 thousand indexers and over one hundred people are joining the workforce every day.
How to sign up
Millennia Corporation, makers of the Legacy Family Tree software, supports this project and encourages all Legacy Family Tree users (and everyone else) to sign up for this project. Just visit www.familysearchindexing.org and click on the Volunteer button. You will be prompted to create a user name and password. Next you will need to download and install the software.
Just imagine if all Legacy users signed up and indexed one page a day - we'd have the 2+ million rolls of microfilm indexed in no time!