FamilySearch indexing

“Everyone deserves to be remembered and you can help to make this possible,” says FamilySearch.

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Obituary source

While checking the FamilySearch blog for news about their indexing event (a big success – 116,475 participants indexed 10,447,887 records), I picked up an intriguing piece of advice.

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World’s largest indexing event

FamilySearch is soliciting volunteers to help with a 72-hour indexing event, “to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.”

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Surprises in the Familysearch catalog

Another blog I follow regularly is “Townland of Origin” written by AncestryProGenealogist Joe Buggy. His May 7th posting tips us off about valuable digitized records that may be hiding in plain sight in the Familysearch catalog.

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Alien crewmen

Here’s the lesson I learned already this morning: do not search for blog topics before having a cup of coffee.

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FamilySearch’s Irish Historical Collection

We should occasionally revisit the excellent, free resources for family history research. We may find additions to the records – or we may have missed something important on first review.

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FamilySearch Irish collections

A FamilySearch blog posting (August 31) explains how the Penal Laws and other actions by the British government made Irish family history research more difficult.

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Registry of Deeds Project

A Facebook posting by the Ireland Family History community about the Registry of Deeds Project announces continued growth of the index. Who knows? Maybe your ancestor’s name is among those listed?

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GenealogyBank Obituary Index

Last October FamilySearch.org and GenealogyBank.com announced a joint venture to make nearly a billion historical obituaries searchable online. Over 100,000 volunteers have been listed to help with the indexing, and records are being added to FamilySearch as they become available.

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Place Research

Many of my recent blog postings have revolved around names/surnames. Place names are almost as important in genealogy research. Last week AncestryInsider posted a helpful article about FamilySearch’s latest tool called Place Research.

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