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FamilySearch Indexing Event 2016

There’s a big worldwide event coming up this summer– No, I’m not talking about the Olympics. It’s the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event scheduled for July 15-17 and we want YOU to be one of the at least 72,000 volunteers who will turn hand-written records into searchable online entries. 

I served an LDS mission to Portgual from 2000-2001. For about 2 months I lived in a place called Paço de Arcos, not far from Lisbon. As part of our weekly schedule, we did service at our local church building, looking at old birth records on microfilm. 

It was quite the experience trying to decipher old handwriting, in another language! But we learned about how they used to write accents, cedilhas, how everyone has at least 4 or 5 names, and to save space, many of those names are abbreviated! But it was really cool and fun to do, and I’m pretty sure we got some of them right.

Now, you can do it right from your home computer, and you can find records in English to do 🙂 If you’re interested, visit this link ( to get more details, download the required software, and sign up for the event. 

Official reporting on the event:
From July 15-17, FamilySearch International will sponsor the third annual “Worldwide Indexing Event,” bringing 72,000 people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour event to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.  

During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software and completing as many names as they would like.  Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.   


Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2008. The demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year. To join 72,000 teammates in saving the World’s records, visit


FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearchservices and resources free online at or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.
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