Our Family Indexing Event
This past weekend, FamilySearch held their annual Worldwide Indexing Event.
The Greenhalgh Family held a Family-wide Indexing Event to support FamilySearch’s cause.
All eight of us participated, although the 3-year-old was less helpful than others (he helped eat the refreshments). The 6-year-old helped the 37-year-old, the 9-year-old helped the 36-year-old, and the teenagers helped themselves pretty well. Mom helped everyone interpret handwriting and index properly (and then she sat down after the party to index a few batches in peace).
8 people + 5 laptops + about an hour + peanut M&Ms = 99 names indexed! Not bad for a house full of little people.
We added M&Ms to a jar for every name indexed (approximately … many were eaten along the way, and some names were tricky enough to index that Mom deemed them worthy of two M&Ms).
What we love about indexing:
- FamilySearch’s new web-based indexing program is very smooth and user-friendly.
- We know we are helping people find their family by indexing names.
- Sometimes as we index we find fun tid-bits of interesting information. We find people who share our birthday or our name. We learn things about history. Sam indexed a WWII draft registration card for a man who had exactly Sam’s height, weight, hair, and eye color! Twins! … except one was a man from the early 1900’s and one was an 11-year-old from the early 2000’s.
- Indexing can be a like a puzzle or game or competition. Who can index the most in an hour? Who can figure out the tricky handwriting? Who can find the funniest name? This weekend we found a man named “Fardinand” (who, on Mom’s closer inspection, turned out to be “Ferdinand” but we all had a fun time saying “Fardinand” out loud and giggling.) Someone indexed the surname “Sidebottom” and we wondered what it would be like to be called the Sidebottom Family.
- All ages can index. We use a buddy system so those with limited reading/handwriting experience are helped by someone who knows what they’re doing. The end result is that kids learn how to read old documents and recognize cursive handwriting.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s FamilySearch Indexing Event, but you can be sure we’ll be indexing again before then (especially if M&Ms are involved).