“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers, lest I come and smith the earth with a curse.”
I invite you to participate in a truly wonderful act of service that will draw you closer to your ancestors. Spread across the earth are records of the actions of our ancestors, their marriages, births, census data, and their passing. An army of volunteers around the world are now helping to make these records available online. Indexing is basically this, looking at a scanned historical record from you personal computer, and typing out what is on the record. This process makes the record searchable by anyone, from anywhere on the earth. Familysearch.org has free software which makes this process simple and easy.
On April 2, 2012, the United States 1940 Census was released for publication. I had the opportunity to index a small portion of this census, and it was a wonderful experience! Within 124 days, 160,000 volunteers indexed the entire 1940 Census making it completely searchable online. Nothing like this has ever been done in the history of the world. While doing some family history work recently, I was able to see the actual census records of the individuals who stood at the door of several of my grandparent’s homes. This project will help draw people closer to their ancestors and help them in ways they cannot possibly imagine.
You can learn more about indexing and participate in the project by clicking here. Everyone is welcome to help!