Family History and Indexing


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stake Indexing Statistics for July 2012

but did you know that it will be a few weeks till all records can be viewed on FamilySearch?
  • Family Search is doing a quality check of all records before releasing them to the public
  • Each record that had a blank line added, will be verified
  • Each location for line 17 - 19 will be double checked; especially those for children under 5, or those with "same House" or Same Place".
A big Thank You to all of you who worked on the 1940 Census records. Even if you only did one name, your work is greatly appreciated. 
What Can We Do Next??? 

Join in the community projects on immigration and naturalization.
The next interesting project at Family Search involves the immigration and naturalization records for every port in the United States from 1860 - 1989. These can be found under "Community Projects" in the drop down lists of current projects. Try the California records first as they are on a beginning level. Each batch has 20 records and I have found all of the cards to be typed. There are few data items required and the records are like the WWI or WWII draft card project. Please read the project information and field Helps First.

Some Interesting notes about Immigration was posted in a Newsletter I recieved from Family Search and they incluced these facts: 
  • 1875 Our Nation passed the first immigration law
  • 1900 1 in 7 travelers died in trans atlantic voyages
  • 1907  1,285,349 Europenas entered the county
  • 1930 More people emigrated out of the county than came into it
  • 1986  Since 1986 Congress passed seven amnesties for illegal immigrants
Try your hand at these records, they are fun and easy to do. 

 Stake Indexing Statistics for July 2012

 The Stake Cummulative for the Year is now:
821,271 names
The Monthly total for each Ward 

Ward                                      Indexed       Arbitrated
Clinton                          2520              1484
Edmond First                        6194               6600
Edmond Second                      840               6581
Okc Fifth                               2562             15092
Okc First                                8243             18292
Okc Third                              5520             16239
University                                  40
Quail Creek                           6351             12813
Village                                    2729
Woodward                             4441              8825

Oklahoma City Youth Indexers

WARD                                      INDEXED
Youth Edmond First                 320
Youth Edmond Second              92
Youth OKC First                      122
Youth Village                            152

Oklahoma Musem of Art - blown glass exhibit 

 Oklahoma History-Research Center Book Sale
If you love old books about genealogy, history, education, or old maps and pictures and other genealogy treasures, then you won't want to miss the sale at the Oklahoma History Research Center this week-end. Some of these books are out of print copies as well. Admission to the Research Center is free.
Sale begins on Wednesday Aug 1, 2012 and goes through Friday Aug 3,2012. The hours are 10-4 pm on Wed and Thurs. 10-3pm on Friday.
The Oklahoma History Center is located off of Lincoln Avenue, across from the State Capital.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

June 2012 Stake Indexing Report

Happy Fourth Of July !

July 2nd, 5 Million Names Challenge
Family Search extended to the World-wide Indexing community, the challenge to index and or arbitrate 5 million names on July 2nd, in one day. In April 2012 we came very close to the mark with 4.92 million names indexed and arbitrated. Well, I am here to report that we did not make the 5 million name challenge. Instead we, as a world-wide indexing and arbitrating community were able to complete, in one day,  
10 MILLION names!! 
 Unbelievable, incredible, and truly a FANTASTIC Job.A big thank you to all of you in the Oklahoma City Stake for helping Family Search reach such a remarkable level of achievement.  At this rate it is predicted that by August we will have finished all of the 1940 census records. Great Work, it is greatly appreciated.

June Indexing  Report for the Stake
 (we just keep paddling along)

YTD  Stake total = 710,650

June Report by Ward 

Ward                                                          Indexed          Arbitrated
Clinton                                                        3440              3305
Edmond First                                              3970             11706
Edmond Second                                           280               6012
Okc Fifth                                                    3175             21840
Okc First                                                    7581             13457
Okc Fourth Branch                                            1
Okc Third                                                   7200              2000
Quail Creek                                               11496             6920
Village                                                         2375      
Woodward Branch                                      3641            12926
Contributors that moved                                  44                 160

Youth by Ward                                             Indexed        

Edmond First                                                    920
Okc Fifth                                                              1
Okc First                                                        1002
Okc Fourth Branch                                           120
Village                                                              320  

 New at Family Search

Did you know that Family Search is now providing a way for you to talk to a "Research Assistant" live when you have a problem with your family history research. So far, help is only available in a few states but they hope to expand that as more volunteers sign up to become a research assistant. Two of those states are Ohio and Pennsylvania. At the current time this is a Pilot Project and it is designed to offer help to the researcher in finding places to locate records.

If you are interested in getting some training or need help with your arbitrating, please feel free to call me ( 405-367-7159) or email me ( and I will be more than happy to set up a class or do some one-on-one training with you at the Family History Center located in the Stake Center. Remember that Arbitrators have the final word on the names indexed and must be willing to read all the instructions and field helps to get it right. If you go to the Family Search blog page you can read a lot of comments about the job we are doing at arbitrating. Some of it is not very good, but most of it is. So keep up the good work and arbitrator records that you index, it helps.