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Cursed with a terminal case of curiosity and a demand for precision, I am a researcher through and through. But many aren’t. If you are not a researcher, but like genealogy, what do you do?
There are lots of ways to be involved in genealogy and family history. You could be the one who collects, organizes and preserves the family photos. You could organize the family reunions. Perhaps you’re great at that annual newsletter to family and friends. If you want to play with actual family records, then indexing is for you!
Thousands of people volunteer with FamilySearch to index records from all over the world (I recently did Barbados marriages) and in many languages and then make them available to the world for free on FamilySearch.org. Beginner documents include clearly written, sometimes even typed records. Intermediate and advanced records get harder to read and take more time to decipher. One of the many awesome things about indexing with FamilySearch is that they provide online tutorials and aids for each document type, and they also provide 24-7 help from real people.
FamilySearch has made 2014 the Year of the Obituaries. Woot! Obituaries contain a wealth of information all in one place (which the researcher must verify, of course), but indexing just one obituary could provide information on 3 or more generations, immigration, occupation, recreation, residence, divorces, half-siblings, religion and more.
So if you want to try your hand at indexing, all you need is a computer and an internet connection, though you don’t even have to be online to do the indexing. Check it out and share it with your friends!