November Stake Total
- Clinton 1317
- Edmond First 4455
- Edmond Second 14180
- Okc Fifth 33621 super job !!
- Okc First 13482
- Okc Third 9489
- Okc Fourth 428
- Okc University 260
- Quail Creek 3718
- Village 819
- Woodward 13653 fantastic
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Stake Indexing for August
The indexing numbers for August are in and as a Stake we indexed and arbitrated 37,719 names.
Our cummulative total is now up to 490,247 names which would be great for our old goal, but remeber that the goal was raised to 750,000 names by November 1, 2011. That means we have 259,253 names to go by that date, just 1 1/2 months left.
The total per Ward is listed below:
Edmond 1st 4831
Edmond 2nd 7178
OKC 5th 5441
OKC 1st 3711
OKC 3rd 3509
University Ward 75
Quail Creek 4028
Village Ward 273
Dinner with the Stake President
There has been a lot of interest and questions about how many names will it take to become one of the TOP TEN Indexers in the Stake and be able to have dinner with the Stake President later this year. Well I decided to post the names of the top 20 indexers as of 11 September 2011. They are listed in the order of the number of names they have indexed and or arbitrated so far this year. As to not make anyone feel uncomfortable about what they are able to do, I will not list the number of names that got them on the list. But I will give you a range that they fall in. If you would like to know what your total is so far this year please call me or email me and I will be happy to tell you. Remember that you can still get on the TOP TEN LIST. I will update this list each month and you have till December 31st to acheive this goal.
The TOP 20 Indexers are:)) ( in order of their standing on 11 Sep)
Jessie Crawford - Edmond 1st High Range = 42,000
Gene Bushman - OKC 3rd
Lonie Seagraves - OKC 1st
Tamara Windholz - WoodWard
Gary Howell - Edmond 2nd
Judy McGraw - Edmond 1st
Bobby Gilliland - Clinton
Coreena Gilliland - Clinton
Evelyn Kelley Aquino - OKC 1st
Mary Butts - OKC 5th Low Range = 17,200
Melissa Connelly - OKC 1st High Range = 14,500
Lois Gilbert - OKC 1st
Colette Datin - Quail Creek
Tom Connelly - OKC 1st
Shirley Corrigan - OKC 3rd
Barry Peterson - OKC 1st
Nora Muzingo - Quail Creek
Laura Sebourn - Village
Kathrine Burton - OKC1st
Loreen Scabby - OKC 5th Low Range = 7,600
Please remember that we appreciate the work that you do even if your name is not on this list. By dedicating your time and talent to indexing on a consistant basis you will see your indexing and arbitration numbers climb. We thank you for all that you do, whenever you can do it. Keep up the good work. I know that those people that are having their records added to the computer database at Family Searhc, must surely be excited to know that someone will be able to find their names and hopefully do the Temple work they require.
Salt Lake City,Temple Square
taken from roof of Conference Center August 2011
August Indexing Tips
The 1930 US Census Records were finished in record time with a high degree of accuracy. Now you may be wondering what kind of project you can try that is similar and easy to do. Have you considered the newest Census Record Project? The 1871 UK Census Records. They are fun to do and if you would please take the time to read the Project Information and Field Helps you will have no problems getting started.
Since I was unfamiliar with the county and town names I found an easy place to go to look them up. Try going to the WIKI @ Family Search.org. They have a list of place names for England and Wales that you can use and print off. You can get there by going to https://wiki.familysearch.org and looking for UK,England and wales 1871 Census, Additional Helps. I will put a live link on the right side of this blog page that you will be able to click on and go to that page.
One thing to watch as you index is the abbreviations of place names. Here are some that I have encountered:
Hants = Hampshire
Heref = Herefordshire
Herts = Hertfordshire
Notts = Nottinghamshire
Staffs = Staffordshire
Worcs = Worcestershire
Wilts = Wiltshire
Occupations are challenging but if you read the field helps it will explain how to index them. The Wiki also has a listing of Old English Census Occupations that I found fun to read, and very usefull.
September Ice Cream Social
The ice cream social scheduled for September 16th in the Edmond 1st and Edmond 2nd Wards has been postponed for a while to give President Baclawski time to recuperate. We still plan on having an ice cream social for all Wards that acheive their indexing goals this year. Those of you who haven't there is still time.
September Indexing in the Quail Creek Ward
The Challenge in on and the QC Ward is going to be working to make their goal of indexing over 31198 names during the month. It can be done and I have faith that as they all work together they can do it!
More about that as the month goes on.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS IN OKLAHOMA
July Indexing Statistics
The Stake Inidexing Statistics for this month have been pretty low. I think the hot weather has gotten to all of us and I am thankful for the little bit of rain, and cloudy weather that keeps the sun from making it so hot this week-end. Hopefully, we will all get back to indexing at our normal rate so that we can realize our Stake Year-end Goal of 750,000 names. We have 317,729 to go.
As a Stake in the month of July we indexed and arbitrate 42,017 names. Each Wards contribution is listed below; indexing and arbitration are added together:
Clinton 334 names
Edmond First Ward 10,328 names
Edmond Second ward 1484 names
OKC Fifth Ward 3133
OKC First Ward 3488
OKC Fourth Branch
OKC Third Ward 2434
Quail Creek Ward 4080
Village Ward 216 names
Woodward Branch 6520
Ice Cream Social Challenge is still on-going Edmond First and Edmond Second Ward will be having a combined Ice Cream Social on September 16th.
Wards that still have the opportunity to have an Ice Cream Social for their whole Ward are: Clinton ( 19344), OKC Third (16414), University Ward (1366), Quail Creek Ward (31198) and Village Ward ( 17226).
I do know that the Quail Creek Ward is looking at the Month of September as the month that they Beat their Magic Number of 31198 names and win their Ice Cream Socail. GO QC !!! Working together as a Ward helps you reach that goal. Weekly reports on their progress will be sent to Apirl Garwood, who is the Ward Indexing Specialist. She will keep the Ward posted on the progress.
Top Ten Stake Indexers
As a new incentive or new challange for all indexers in the Stake we are announcing a new goal.!!!!
The Top Ten Indexers, that includes indexing and arbitration, in the Stake during this year, will have the opportunity to have dinner with President Graves . This includes the indexer and their spouse, or a friend of their choosing if they have no spouse.
Location and date/time will be decided and announced later.
Every month's indexing statistics will be summarized and you will be notifed if you make the list. This is just another way to say thank-you to those who are working the hardest each month. Please know that Everyone will be acknowledged for their efforts at year end. We appreciate all that you do for indexing in the Stake. Each name is important.
Have you tired it yet??It is not a grade, but it will show you how often your indexing work and the final arbitration values match. You will be able to tell if there are areas you can improve.It helps you to see if any of your batches were returned and what you did wrong.
Did you know that you can mark values for Review. That means if you are sure you read the project directions and field helps correctly, but the arbitrator still changed your value you can request that it be reviewed. Remember that this is a team effort and Arbitrators are volunteers as well. Don't be afraid to share your thoughts or positive comments. Headquarters uses that feedback to track data and to recognize trends.
Happy Fourth of July !!!
May and June Indexing Statistics
Clinton 6053 5455
Edmond First 13017 14287
Edmond Second 3953 2709
OKC Fifth 2993 608
OKC First 21166 11879
OKC 4th Branch 5302 675
OCK Third 9195 4133
Quail Creek 4147 4783
Village 1859 1990
WoodWard Branch 3601 4656
These numbers include all names indexed and arbitrated. Our Stake grand cummulative total to July 1 is: 400,524 !!!!!! we are a little over half-way to our goal for the year of 750,000.
Ice Cream Socials
Oklahoma City Fourth Branch - Spanish
About 45 people came to the Ice Cream Social at the Stake Center on Friday night, May 27th. Everyone liked the power point presentation (in Spanish) thanks to the help of my daughter and her husband who translated for me. They only had to index 31 names to win their Ice Cream Social, but with Brother and Sister Jones, and Kelley Aquino they indexed 5302 names in May. It was a fun time and I am sure the Branch is going to have even more indexers soon.
Oklahoma City First Ward
The turn out was not very heavy for the Ice Cream Social held on Saturday night May 28th, in the Oklahoma First Ward. About 25 people came. Perhaps it was because of the Memorial day week-end. Those who came enjoyed good fellowship and a lot of Ice Cream!! The indexers in the First Ward are doing a great job.
Woodward Branch Ice Cream Social
Saturday July 2, 2011
There were over 50 people at the Ice Cream Social In Woodward on Saturday afternoon.
They brought all kinds of cookies and toppings. It was a lot of fun and they are awesome!
Thank you Woodward Indexers for all your hard work and time at Indexing.
This blogpage has not been updated this month and I feel bad about that. Sometimes I get so busy with other projects and working that time just flies by. On the first of July I will post the Stake Indexing Statistic's for May and June.
We have had the opportunity to hold two of the Ice Cream Socials for the Wards and Branch that have met the Challenge of Indexing their "Magic Number" so far this year. Pictures to follow.
We are working on a date for Edmond 1st and Edmond 2nd Ward. Let you know the details later. This coming Saturday, July 2nd we are headed out to the Woodward Branch to hold their Ice Cream Social. I know President Haralson is looking forward to that as he LOVES Ice Cream!!
New Family History Assignment
Brother Tim Toland of the Clinton Ward has been given the High Councilman's assignment of Family History Work in the Stake. I look forward to working with him and will be going on speaking assignments with him in the next couple of months. As you may know our past High Councilman was just called to be the Bishop of the OKC 3rd Ward. Richard Poling is a great man and will do a good job as Bishop.
Indexing Beta Test
There has been a recent Indexing Beta test that I have participated in during the month of June. I am very excited about the upgrades that are coming soon to the Indexing program. One thing that is going to be added is a tab for " My Accuracy" . You will click on this new tab and it will allow you to see how your work was corrected by the arbitrators. You will be able to view each batch that you complete after it is arbitrated. This new feature will be very helpful to all of us who index.
During the month of June the Indexing numbers have fallen off considerably. I know my own indexing efforts are pretty low this month. I am praying and hoping that all of you will join me and get back at it again and help us reach our new Stake Goal of 750,000 names by November first. It will take a miracle.
The First Ice Cream Social will be held in the Oklahoma City Fourth Branch on Friday night May 27th at 7:00 PM at the Stake Center. President Baclawski is bringing the ice cream and they are bringing the toppings and other goodies that they wish to have. Sister Gilbert will talk to everyone about Indexing and there will be an opportunity to go the the Family History Center to sign-up to become an indexer. There are many Spanish records that need to be indexed and any help will be greatly appreciated.
Saturday night, the 28th at 6:00 Pm the OKC First Ward will enjoy their Ice Cream Social at the Stake Center. We look forward to the whole Ward coming to eat some ice cream with President Baclawski and learn of the NEW "DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT CHALLENGE" !!!! You'll like this one too. There will be more information about this new challenge on this blog page next week. Thanks to my home Ward (OKC#1) for having such dedicated indexers. We have always been the number one Ward in the Stake at indexing, even though some other Ward ?? (I won't mention them by name,QC) has tried to unseat us, in the past. We love a good challenge and I am saying this all in a fun way.
Edmond Ward's and Woodward,we are working on a date to come and have ice cream with you also. Other Ward's that are trying to reach their "Magic Number" please keep up the good work and set a month that you want to acheive that goal and everyone work hard to do it. It can be done if you all work together.
The following article was sent to me via Familysearch and I thought you might like to read about the importance of the Indexing work that you are doing.
Indexing Helps Researchers
by Jim Ericson, Product Marketing
While many people know that the time and effort they spend indexing
historical records helps the family history community, many don't understand
exactly how these records are used. Many volunteers have asked for some
clarification on how the records they index are actually used and what benefit
The Benefits You Provide
Volunteers from around the world
have indexed hundreds of millions of records over the past 30 years that are now
available free to the public on familysearch.org, supporting the site's mission of
helping the entire family history community have access to the records of their
Every name you index is a name that will eventually be searchable (and
findable) on familysearch.org. Indexing isn't a way to benefit FamilySearch as
an organization—it's a way to benefit the entire community of family history researchers find
records and identify their ancestors more quickly. Many people every day are
making discoveries or research breakthroughs because of the volunteer efforts of
Here are a few recent notes of
appreciation that have been shared on our Facebook fan pages at http://www.facebook.com/familysearch and http://www.facebook.com/familysearchindexing:
Happy Mother's Day to All
While working as an arbitrator last week on the 1930 US Census Records for Pennsylvania I came across a couple of batches that had to be returned because someone had mistakenly put in "No Extractable Data" for pages that contained no data, rather than " Blank". I have no idea who did the indexing but I thought it might be a good idea to remind all of the indexers in OKC Stake that while you are indexing you should be sure that "Blank" is used when there is absolutely nothing on a line. "No extractable Data" means there is something on the line, but not what you are asked to index.
Another tip to remember is that when the last line of a "fixed line" batch like the census records where the worksheet is automatically sent to 50 lines and you can't change it to less lines, that is where you have to make sure all the lines have something in them, even if it is "blank".
When you are on the last line and you put in "Blank" but you can't submit the batch, look down on the bottom right side under the worksheet to see what your percentage of completed batch says. If it says something like 98% and you can't figure out why then try using your tab key to get to the end of the last line. That is usually the problem, you need to tab all the way across the last line when it is blank. That should then change the percentage completed to 100% and you will be able to submit your batch.
NEWS FROM OUR STAKE PRESIDENCY
They are raising the bar for our Stake Indexing program. The Stake Presidency would like us to Index 750,000 names by the Days of Thanksgiving which is the first week in November. They believe in us!! They see what we did in April and believe that we can easily make the new goal, if we just keep up the good work. My thoughts were, Why stop there, why not go for ONE MILLION names by the end of the year? Tell me what you think. Do you think we can make the new Stake Goal or more by November? Just leave a comment at the bottom of this blog page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ice Cream Socials To Begin
Plans are underway to start the first of our 5 Ice Cream Socials for the Challenge winners in April. That would be OKC 1st Ward, Edmond 1st, Edmond 2nd, Woodward Branch and OKC 4th Branch. We look forward to coming to all the Ward's as you meet the challenge sometime this year. Keep up the great work and we will see you soon. All indexing efforts are greatly appreciated.
Brother and Sister Hathaway, our Area Family History Advisers paid us all a wonderful compliment this week, via email to me. I would like to share what they said about indexing in our Stake . Sister Hathaway said: " I enjoyed viewing your blog and wish every stake was as involved as yours is in indexing. Yours is one of the most active stakes in indexing of the 34 stakes we work with. You are doing an incredible job with involving those of your stake in indexing. Keep up the good work! :)
Ice Cream Social Challenge
May 2011 Stake Report
108,054 Names Indexed and Arbitrated
It is amazing what a good challenge will do for a Stake! I am totally excited about the efforts that were made this April with indexing. This Sunday in our Fast and Testimony meeting several indexers got up and bore their testimonies about the importance of Indexing. Not just for the Stake, but for the World. That through our indexing work we are providing records to the world that may never have been available before. I can't thank you all enough for helping with Indexing and hope that we may continue our great work for the Lord.
APRIL RESULTS totals = indexed and arbitrated
Clinton - 7204 names magic number = 19,394
Edmond First - 13,900 names magic number = 9390
Edmond Second 10,987 names magic number = 4708
OKC Fifth 8,498 names magic number = 8706
OKC First 39,439 names magic number = 31,636
OKC Fourth Branch 7,400 names magic number = 30
OKC Third 5,945 names magic number = 16,414
OkC University 27 names magic number = 1366
Quail Creek 5,977 names magic number = 31,198
Village 2,224 names magic number = 17,226
Woodward 6,418 names magic number = 504
Those highlighted in RED will be having an Ice Cream Social for the whole Ward/Branch.
I can taste that Ice Cream already. If your Ward did not make it this month, you have till
the end of the year. OKC Fifth you were so close this month, keep up the good work.
TOP 7 INDEXERS THIS MONTH IN STAKE:
Indexing accomplishments of over 5,000 names in April;
Tom Connelly 11,717
Lonie Seagraves 9,971
Gary Howell 8,106
Kelley Aquino 7,273
Scott Foulger 6.592
Melissa Connelly 6,454
Gene Bushman 5,189
These names and numbers are posted to be an inspiration to the rest of us in the Stake. These people have an absolute love of indexing and it shows us all what we can be capable of. I am so grateful to all the indexers in our Stake. Every name is important and even if you can't accomplish this many names in a month, if you will just try to do all that you can, on a regular and consistant basis it will be greatly appreciated. We have at this time 217 indexers registered. The total names indexed this month, 108,054 was accomplished by just 61 indexers. What do you think we could do if all 217 members indexed on a regular basis? I think it would be incredible. Let's encourage everyone to index.