Has anyone else noticed that family history is a bit of a…”thing” right now? I first noticed it with the show Who Do You Think You Are, that followed celebrities as they discovered long lost family history. Then I got hooked on a local reality show, Relative Race on BYU-TV (which is like The Amazing Race meets Who Do You Think You Are). Then, aside from the media, I see family history classes, apps, websites, games, and even family history events EVERYWHERE. To top it all off, I was just asked to speak in church on July 31 about family history and how it benefits everyone in my family. IT'S A SIGN! Time for me to start getting involved and doing my part. It really made me think about family history, and how I would feel if none of my ancestors knew anything about me, my family, and my legacy.
FamilySearch International reached out to me about a (worldwide!) online indexing event they are having THIS WEEKEND that they need volunteers for. It's super easy to get involved (and actually sounds really fun!) so I thought I'd share it with you, so YOU can get involved too! It's FREE, and think of how much it will help your own family! Here are the details:
JOIN ME FOR THE WORLDWIDE INDEXING EVENT (JULY 15-17!)
This weekend, from July 15-17, FamilySearch International will sponsor the third annual “Worldwide Indexing Event,” bringing 72,000 people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour event to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.
So…what do you do at this online event?
When you do family history, documents are not only important, they are…well…everything! Back in “the day” they didn't have digital records, so anything we know about our family (and every family in history, for that matter) we learn from physical documents.
In order to make these records searchable online, someone must translate the handwritten records (censuses, birth/marriage/death certificates, etc) into a digital copy; that's what indexing is. During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software and completing as many names as they would like. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.
Why should I join?
Volunteers have made over ONE BILLION historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2008. The demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year. To join 72,000 teammates in saving the World’s records, visit https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords.
Who is FamilySearch International?
This is how they describe themselves:
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.
I'm honestly super excited about this. Bubba and I have been trying to find ways to get involved in family history and this is an easy way to help! I hope you join me this weekend, again, get details and sign up to help here: https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords. Have a great weekend, and thanks in advance for your help!