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"Pay It Forward" for Genealogists

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Photo by Corinne Kutz on Unsplash

There has been a lot of activity recently on transcribing genealogical records. Whether it is blogging about helping with the indexing to incite more interest or setting and cheering on team goals virtually to gain momentum, I have read so much on this topic in the past six months or so. Perhaps I am just more observant of the advancements in digitizing records because of the decision by FamilySearch to discontinue microfilm distribution.

There is a need for beginners, advanced, and everything in between. Indexers can focus on English-only records or lend their expertise to a foreign language. Here are just a few of the organizations to check out and see if you want to get involved:

You can also check with your local library or historical/genealogical society to see if they are working any digitization projects. I think there is an added benefit in working local in the contact you will make. Of course, updating Find A Grave or BillionGraves is also a means of digitizing and sharing content. This community is about sharing of information so we can all find our ancestors.

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    • Ronald

      Winter is coming


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