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Have you tried Indexing at FamilySearch.org? It’s a great experience. A way to learn where the information comes from, improve your skills reading handwriting, learn history of different parts of the world, plus you’re giving back to the family history community. A win win for everyone.
There are several great projects available right now.
Local to the Chicago area, you can index Chicago Catholic Church records and Cook Death Certificates, 1959-1994.
Have roots in the boot? Calling all Italians. Family Search International collaborated with the National Archives of Italy to digitally preserve Italian vital records. Index Italian records from 115 million images to add more than 500 million names.
Family Search has declared 2014 the “Year of the Obituary.” Contribute to their goal to index 100 million names from obituaries, the ‘treasure trove” of valuable genealogical information.
Take a test drive, find a project that’s right for you, and get started! familysearch.org/indexing/
Here are tips from @ancestry http://t.co/QQ2r6SAxs5
It’s written for census records but it really speaks to the search process…
1 – always look at the page before and after, many records/images are two sided, so if you don’t scroll, you miss out
2 – focus on unusual names, when you can’t find one family member, look for another
3 – look for first names only, or search with less criteria
4 – use wildcards ? *
5 – record the details, it forces you to become familiar with the ancestor and provides clues; when sharing stories the images are not always clear but if you have transcribed what you find everyone learns; or if you should lose the image, you have the details
6 – reverse surname and first name
7 – look for a neighbor, or the other people included in the record, like informants on death certificates, family members in death notices, witnesses for marriage and citizenship…
8 – compare handwriting, look for other words that you can identify to help decipher the penmanship
9 – just browse, you don’t always have to search
10- think differently; one search result for me presented an image that didn’t match my ancestor, then I realized they were alphabetical, indexed incorrectly by more than 200 images, but I was able to find the match.
I was trying to catch up on my blog reading and read a post on Amanda’s Anaetheum called “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Cruise Reads.” Amanda posted as she was about to embark on the Legacy Family History Cruise.
What am I reading? I just finished Nicholas Sparks’s The Best of Me. Get your tissues out if you decide to read that one. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is sitting on my desk now ready to read.
Genealogy books I’m reading include Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic 4 and Finding Italian Roots.
So I wonder what you are reading this week. Post your book list in the comments. They can be genealogy or non-genealogy related books.
- Follow Friday – Tony’s Genealogy Blog (generationsbiz.com)
- Follow Friday – Chicagoland Library Genealogy Groups (chicagofamilyhistory.wordpress.com)
- Genealogy Author David R. Dowell to Visit Chicago (examiner.com)