Recently I was asked to consider becoming my church's Stake Indexing Director. This job would oversee and encourage volunteer indexing of historic genealogy records at the FamilySearch.org indexing website. What I was most interested in was obtaining the statistics of work performed by current indexers in our Stake so we could publish it in our Phoenix Family History Library newsletter (since I am the newsletter editor).
I am no stranger to indexing, and in fact I enjoy it. When I looked at the statistics, I was proud to see my name listed, until it showed my numbers. Shamefully my stats were very dismal for 2010. Something must be wrong?! I then thought about where I had spent quite a bit of time during 2010 - then I remembered! Facebook - my 6 farms in Farm Town.
Don't get me wrong - sometimes you may need to do something mindless like playing these games. However, I knew my time spent on indexing vs. Facebook games was not even close to being equal.
Since my reawakening, I started doing more indexing and less farming. I am also loving the fact that FamilySearch.org has listed the Indexing project under "Give Back" on their website. That does say it all, doesn't it?
I have already doubled my total names indexed for 2010 - and it has only been a couple of weeks. In fact I am indexing US Naval Enlistment Registers from 1855-1891, and I love seeing all of different home towns and countries of the sailors and recording their complexion as dark, fair, ruddy or florid (which I had never heard of before).
If you have ever used the FamilySearch.org website and had success finding a few family names, as a thank you try indexing a few names in return. Think about how spending a few minutes of your time could save someone decades of searching. There is no cost to indexing, and it is easy. You can do a little or a lot. Here's the link: FamilySearch Indexing.
Send me your indexing totals! I know others are putting me to shame, but I am on my way to redeeming myself in 2011!