Aug 29

Community Indexing Projects at FamilySearch

The community index project, spearheaded by FamilySearch, was a stellar example of what happens when the genealogical community makes a collaborative effort. The project was completed several months ahead of schedule. Those of you that participated may be having withdrawal symptoms. If so, I’ve got the perfect cure!

Family Search has instigated two new community projects and still need your voluntary assistance.

  1. From Sea to Shining Sea: Helping Everyone Find U.S.  Immigrant Ancestors—500 million names in 200 million records including passenger arrival lists and naturalization records. With the current 50,000 volunteers, the project is anticipated to take four years to complete. If you are interested in this project, please go to https://www.familysearch.org/us-immigration-naturalization/?icid=fsHomeUSImmNatTxt.
  2. Italian Ancestors: Making Italy civil Registration Records Freely Searchable Online—500 million names in 115 million records. At this time there are 800 volunteers and the expected completion time is 30 years. Ouch! Please go to https://www.familysearch.org/italian-ancestors/?icid=fsHomeItalianAncestors to sign up for this terrific community project!

More information on the FamilySearch community projects will be heading your way shortly!