Happy Fourth of July !!!!
Stake Indexing Cumulative for 2013
Ward total Indexing for June
WARD TOTAL FOR JUNE
Edmond 1st 2784
Edmond 2nd 914
Okc 5th 3587
Okc 1st 4721
Okc 3rd 3972
Quail Creek 4716
Edmond 1st 77
Okc 5th 10
Okc 1st 487
Suggestions for Easier Indexing Projects
If you are having a difficult time finding an indexing project that you can work on I would like to suggest you look at and try one of the following projects. There are lots of helpful examples under Project Instructions that clearly you show you what to do. Look at these:
- US Massachusetts, Plymouth Colony Probate Index 1881 - 1939 (typed) 20 names/batch.
- If there are two names associated with a case, then put each name as a separate entry. You may need to go to tools to add another line.
- If it is an adoption or name change and it says something like: "John Jones from John Edwards" then in the Surname field put " Jones or Edwards" and in the Given name field put " John"
- Call me for help if needed.
- Massachusetts State Vital Records 1841-1920 Marriages, Births, Deaths ( some typed some handwritten all have been 1916 era with good handwriting)
- Call me for help if needed.
- Do not assume the state name or county name, if it is not written on the record.
- Father's surname is not on the birth records, do not put the child's surname for the father's surname, just tab past it.
- If a child is recorded to have been "STILLBORN" do not use Stillborn as the given name. Put the word STILLBORN in the titles or terms field. Also if the child is reported to have been a "TWIN", put that in Titles or terms field.
- You may need to add more lines for these records so go to TOOLS at the top of your page and choose NUMBER OF RECORDS PER IMAGE and add the appropriate number of lines.
Remember you can return any batch if you think it is too difficult . All batches are only keep in your work box for 7 days. After 7 days it is taken back and any part that you might have started to index will not be counted toward your goal. When you are finished with a batch it should automatically ask you if you want to submit it, click on OK. If you are not ready to submit it (maybe you have to ask someone a question about it) then say NO. When you are ready to submit it later, be sure you hit SUBMIT BATCH, not RETURN BATCH.
On Line Family Trees
As most of you know Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com offer on-line family trees. FamilySearch is also using this same approach with their new FamilySearch Tree, which we all need to learn how to use. With these trees we are offered many possible matches with our own tree data. Right now I have over 5,000 possible smart matches with MyHeritage and hundreds of Shaking Leaves with matches in my Ancestry.com tree. I am always getting emails from them saying they have found something new. Now for some this would be a wonderful opportunity or it might be a dreaded burden. How would you spend your time looking at all of those matches?
First of all you need to look at your motivation. Do you really want to spend all day checking each and every one of them out, or do you just want to focus on the line you are working on at the time. I think I will follow the later idea and just work on the important ones. Those notices will stay out there and besides how do you even know if they are correct. You should not assume they are correct. Rather you should just use them as a guideline to future research. Never accept someone else's work unless there is documentation that you can follow and verify. Sources are the key to whether you should accept someone else's data.
You may ask why do I even bother with an Ancestry.com or MyHeritage.com tree when it is all there in the FamilySearch tree. For one thing, it is wise to have your family tree data in several different places to make sure it is going to survive. It also broadens your opportunity to collaborate with more folks. Personally, I like My Heritage because it is a company that started in Israel and the eastern European genealogists have already entered their families. Which suggests to me that my family, that came from across the ocean, may connect with their families. Not only does MyHeritage connect to family trees but it also connects to documents like Old Newspapers and US Census records with a 97% accuracy.
Family Search Tree is adding features that makes it very valuable to all genealogist. Features like the ability to add photographs and stories to your ancestors. They are working on the capability to add outside sources, like those you found in a courthouse and not on the internet. That would be wonderful since most people have a lot of those sources. The major attraction, for all genealogist, to FamilySearch Tree is that we know they are not going to be going out of business and our data will always be preserved. To me it is like putting it in the Granite Mountain Vault of computer bases.