Saturday, March 31, 2007

Join the Family Search Indexing project - The Clarion-Ledger

Join the Family Search Indexing project

March 30, 2007

Join the Family Search Indexing project

By Nancianne Parkes Suber
Special to The Clarion-Ledger

Most genealogical societies and groups encourage members to record and index family records as an important way to preserve family history records for future generations.

Whether you record marriage records at the court house, cemetery records throughout the county or devote your time to some other form of data, these contributions are invaluable.

In the past these projects have involved hours of tedious work - hours that fewer people find time for in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.

Fortunately, that may be changing.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been sponsoring a Family Search Indexing project that allows volunteers to index family history documents in the comfort of their own homes sitting in front of their own computer screens.

Their goal is to index as many documents as they can find and to offer the finished products free of charge for researchers everywhere at familysearch.org.

You need not be a LDS member to volunteer although some LDS stakes have teams participating. And you may spend as little or as much time as you wish contributing to the project.

All projects are administered by Family Search Indexing and participating genealogical and historical societies and cover a wide variety of subjects.

Marriage, birth and death records for multiple states, tax records, Freedman Bureau records and state and federal census records all appear on the list of current projects.

Right now the Mississippi 1900 federal census, a challenging handwritten work that has been digitally reproduced for indexing on screen, is among the active projects. So should this be the record you choose to work on, your volunteer hours can benefit Mississippi researchers right off the bat.

Signing up is easy and you receive your password in a day or less. Tutorials are offered. You are sent a single page to index at a time and when you send it back, you are sent another.

There are no set numbers of names you must do. You work at your own pace and there is always support for questions or problems that arise.

What a wonderful opportunity to contribute your time - as little or as much of it as you have to give!

Visit FAMILY SEARCH INDEXING to check this program out.

Consider donating a little bit of your own time and energy to a well deserving project.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

One Million Historical Names from Canada Go Online

FamilySearch News Release

27 March 2007
Nova Scotia Releases Early Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-Early vital records of Nova Scotia, Canada, are viewable over the Internet for the first time and for free, thanks to a joint project by the Genealogical Society of Utah, FamilySearchT, and the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM). The records include one million names found in birth records from 1864 to 1877, marriages from 1864 to 1930, and death records from 1864 to 1877 and 1908 to 1955. Users can search the database at
www.novascotiagenealogy.com.

Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to digitize all of its historical vital statistics and make them available online. "This project provides key information to researchers on their ancestors," said Genealogical Society of Utah regional manager Alain Allard. "It involves the vital records-births, marriages, and deaths-which are a key record set to find, identify, and link ancestors into family units."

The Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) first microfilmed most of Nova Scotia's vital records back in the 1980s. In 2005, GSU used FamilySearch Scanning to convert those microfilms to digital images, while at the same time capturing additional vital records with a specially designed digital camera. Volunteers for the Nova Scotia Archives then used the images to create the searchable electronic index, which was completed in 2006.

Anyone can now search names in the index and view a high quality digital copy of the original image online for free at NSARM's Web site, www.novascotiagenealogy.com.
In the near future, the index and images will also be available on FamilySearch.org. Researchers who want to obtain an official copy of a record can do so online through the Nova Scotia Archives. The cost will be CAN$9.95 for an electronic file and CAN$19.95, plus shipping and taxes, for paper copies.

Nova Scotia Provincial Archivist, W. Brian Speirs, said the cooperation of GSU was crucial to this important project. "Without the Genealogical Society of Utah offering in the early days of the project to provide complimentary digitization of all the records as their contribution to the initiative, the proposed undertaking would have been dead in the water and gone nowhere," Speirs said.

FamilySearch is the public channel of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU), a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources accessed through FamilySearch.org, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.

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