Friday, June 29, 2012

Join FamilySearch Indexers to Break a Record and Leave a Legacy

Join FamilySearch Indexers to Break a Record and Leave a Legacy:

Check out this link for more details about the Family Search goal to index 5 million 1940 census records on July 2, 2012. If you normally index one batch a day, how about making it two on the 2nd to help reach that goal. If we try we can surpass to the previous record of 4.9 million reached on April 30.

I'm in; how about you?

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Monday, June 18, 2012

1940 Census Indexing Progress Report—June 15, 2012

1940 Census Indexing Progress Report—June 15, 2012:

Things are really moving along but we need lots of help to keep it going. Illinois isn't even 50% yet. Come to the Indexing party at Gail Borden Public Library this Wednesday evening at 7:00 to help with the effort.

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Illinois State Genealogical Society - War of 1812 Donations

Illinois State Genealogical Society - War of 1812 Donations:

This matching program will quadruple any donation you make. Since a $10 donation will digitize 80 pages, then your $10 donation through ISGS will digitize 320 pages. There couldn't be a better time to support this great cause!!
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Indexing Party A Success and More to Come

I can't remember when I've had such a good time working with a group of people as I had yesterday morning. We met at Gail Borden for our first indexing party and, I think, fun was had by all. I know I had a great time.

We went through the process of getting started, from setting up a family search account to indexing a page from the 1940 census and everyone had success. The more experienced indexers were more than happy to help the newbies and it's always nice to have someone around when you have a question.

If you've thought about getting involved with the indexing but have been reluctant to try it on your own, now's you chance to jump in!! We'd love to have you come to our next party.  (If you'll be setting up a family search account at the party, you'll need to access your email account to accept an activation email, so be sure to remember or bring the username and password for your email account.)

The party will be held at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove, in Elgin from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the computer class room. You're welcome to use the computers in the class or bring your own laptop. All levels of indexers are welcome!! 

Since we started in April the ISGS group (EGS is working within this group) has indexed 226,042 names and arbitrated 44,703 and Illinois is now 38% complete. We still have a lot of work ahead but we've come a long way so far. 

Come along and join us in this important effort.

Sincerely, Becky HigginsISGS 1940 Census Administrator 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Indexing Party This Friday

Don't forget to come to the indexing party this Friday!! Details found on this previous post.

What better way to spend a morning having fun, gathering information about indexing, and helping out with this great genealogy project!!

Won't it be great to have the whole 1940 US census index on-line and free!!!

1940 Census Indexing Party
Friday, June 15
9:30 - 11:30
In the computer classroom at the
Gail Borden Public Library
270 N Grove, Elgin, IL