At the annual Worldwide Indexing Event this July 15-17, FamilySearch has set an ambitious goal, one that would set a new world record. They are calling for the help of tens of thousands around the world as they try to index 72,000 names in a 72-hour period.
“FamilySearch believes everyone deserves to be remembered,” said Shipley Munson, FamilySearch International’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “All should have the opportunity to find their ancestors, and we provide a simple way for people to make those family connections.”
FamilySearch makes this possible by helping to create a searchable database of names from digital images of records such as birth certificates, marriage licences, military records, or death records. Volunteers are essential to this work as they help index and transcribe records, making them accessible to the public.
Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join in this important work, both during the event and after.
“Family history discoveries online are driven by indexed records. Volunteer indexers make those personal discoveries happen. Without them, much of what we do would not be possible,” Munson said. “We invite everyone to join in this important cause to preserve history.”
Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2006. However, the demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year and more and more people are interested in making personal family discoveries.
To join 72,000 teammates in saving the World’s records, visit familysearch.org/worldsrecords.