Last Tuesday I wrote a post entitled, “Just in case you need another reason…“. My post was another small plug for indexing. Why do I often plug indexing? Because indexing is VITAL to genealogy. And if I talk about it a lot, maybe it will inspire others to participate. That day, two VERY cool things happened.
One reader, Amy, asked what indexing was and how to get involved. Several comments later she wrote:
“Just did my first batch! I have a whole new respect for the indexers. I had one first name that was a pure guess on my part! Very interesting and very sad. Lots of children. People died of worms? Live and learn!
Thanks for introducing me to this!”
Wow! I love that!
I write a simple little blog post about indexing and suddenly the world has one new indexer. I was feeling pretty happy about the whole thing.
Then, shortly before I went to bed, I read another comment on that post that completely blew me away. Elaine Davis said:
“I started indexing because of one of your previous blogs…6000 records later, I’m hooked. Anyone indexing who would like almost instantaneous answers to questions should join the Facebook group Share Batch Indexing, ETC. They are a wonderful group who will answer questions, review your batch, or send you virtual chocolate if you get a bad arb score!”
Wait, let me try that again.
SIX THOUSAND RECORDS?!!!
Holy cow Elaine! I am so impressed. And so grateful. That is 6,000 records that are now searchable online. 6,000 records that just might include some of the ones I have found lately. 6,000 records that help people like you and me make connections with our beloved ancestors.
I am deeply humbled that something I wrote inspired these two women to join the noble ranks of Indexers.
In case you didn’t know – I think Indexers are Genealogy Superheroes.