I’ve been working on family history the last couple of years. It’s a perfect activity to do on a Sunday afternoon. Finding out who you are connected to can be quite fun! Recently, I’ve found that in my family tree I’m related to a lot of well-known people. Here are just a few that I’m related to:
- Elvis Presley
- Lucille Ball
- James Stewart
- George Washington
- Thomas Jefferson
- Abraham Lincoln
- Ronald Reagan
- Walt Disney
- Bing Crosby
Now most of these people are my 10th – 12th cousin 2 times removed (whatever that means ; ) ) Working on my genealogy has certainly been rewarding. It’s also nice to see my family tree getting filled in with names and dates. I wanted to share a cool thing to do with my readers…
FamilySearch is sponsoring its annual Worldwide Indexing Event. The public is invited to join the online event July 15–17, 2016. FamilySearch sponsors an event yearly of global proportions to help raise awareness and introduce our communities to the fun that comes from indexing genealogical and historical records. The goal this year is for 72,000 people worldwide to come together and index at least one batch during those 72 hours.
Indexing helps families find new ancestors. Millions of people are looking for their ancestors. Indexing makes them freely searchable on the Internet and helps those trying to find their ancestors worldwide and preserve records for generations to come.
The FamilySearch organization has been helping people discover their family roots since 1894. FamilySearch works with governments, churches, archives and libraries around the world to preserve records of genealogical importance. Participating in helping others uncover their family history is such a great act of service. There are many ancestors who are yet to be recognized or discovered. Indexing is one of the many ways you can be a hero to others–past and present. There are millions of records that are yet to be electronically recorded. Living in this time and era, it is very important to organize past records electronically so that they are easier to access and keep track of, among many other reasons.
Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.
WHAT IS INDEXING:
Indexing is the process of recording names, dates, locations and other information found on digital images or historical documents. The demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year.
July 15- 17, 2016
Just download the software. You will need internet to do this. Do one index batch or as many as you want. You can remove the software once you are done or maybe you will have found a new hobby and will want to keep on doing it! The process is very easy to learn.
Go here to sign-up: Family Search
In the privacy of your home!
The first step in joining this cause is downloading the software. Before the event, download and install the indexing software (desktop only). If you are new to indexing, you will need to install Java SE6 first.
Next, invite your friends! With everyone on the same team we can accomplish something great. Spread the word using #TheWorldsRecords.
Lastly, index some records! Starting July 15, you’ll have 72 hours to index as many batches as you want.
Please help us index the world’s historical records, making them freely searchable on the Internet and helping families worldwide find their ancestors. Join me as we “rewrite” history in this upcoming, worldwide event of indexing hosted by FamilySearch!
We would love for you to join us!
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.