Family History and Indexing


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ice Cream Socials Begin

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
they provide.

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, 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 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
FamilySearch indexers.

Appreciation Expressed
Here are a few recent notes of
appreciation that have been shared on our Facebook fan pages at and

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