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Monday, December 1, 2014

November Indexing Report 2014

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It has been a long time since I have posted any indexing reports to this blog. I hope that I can now get started back at keeping all of our 735 Stake Indexers updated on the valuable service that they are doing. I would like to thank all of you that have indexed or arbitrated this year. We hope to have an even better year in 2015. There are lots of Obituaries to work on and I will be posting helpful hints on how to decide what the relationship to the deceased should be. Please check back here often to see new hints! Obituaries are very valuable and there are tons of them to do. They contain lots of information and many names, , we need your help!

 FamilySearch is looking for anyone who is an arbitrator, to learn how to arbitrate the obituary project. If you can, please take time to arbitrate an extra obituary this month. After Christmas, in January, we will have a training session for all indexers and arbitrators with specific training in obituaries. Thank you again for all that you do to help with this great Service effort.

November 2014 Indexing/Arbitrating Report

53,863 total names for month!
(our highest month this year)
Thank you everyone!!!!! 

Stake Year to Date Indexing/Arbitration
417,558 names  !!!

    • Clinton                        734
    • Edmond First           6821
    • Edmond Second       5612
    • OKC Fifth                 2820
    • OKC First              16,404 
    • OKC Third               3492
    • Quail Creek              5676
    • Village                        6502
    • Woodward                  3211

 OKC Youth Totals for November 

  • Okc First Ward              2591
I would like to Challenge all of you to help us make it to 500,000 names by December 31st!

Obituary Helpful Tips:
These tips come from  mistakes that I see when I arbitrate obituaries. The most common mistake is trying to determine the correct relationship to the deceased. Since you can not determine the gender of an individual by the name, you have to decide if you will need to use a generic relationship term. 

For Example: when do I use Parent verses when do I use Mother or Father?
  1. If the obit says: daughter of John and Mary Metzger Smith 
          You would index it as: Relationship =  parent for both names;
Parent = John (given name)  Smith ( surname)
Parent =  Mary Metzger (given names)  Smith (surname)

You can not determine the gender from the given names. 

  2.  If the obit says:  daughter of John and Mary (Metzger) Smith
       You would index it as: Relationship would be Father, then Mother 
          Father = John (given name) Smith (surname)
 and  Mother = Mary (given Name), Metzger Smith ( surnames)
You can determine that Mary is a female by her maiden name in Parentheses 

3. If the name of the Deceased (always entered as the #1 name in all obits) is shown to be Ruby Mary Metzger Smith, and you can see the name Metzger with her father's name, ie., John Metzger, then you can use Metzger Smith as the Surname of the Deceased. But, you can only do that if you see that  the father's surname matches. You should read the whole obit before you start indexing.
 It would look like this:

Deceased: Ruby Mary (given Name)  Metzger Smith (surname)

If the Father's last name is different and does not match that of the deceased,  then it would be entered this way:

Deceased: Ruby Mary Metzger (given names) Smith (surname)

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