Worldwide Indexing Event – Oct 20-22

If you aren’t familiar with indexing, it is transcribing the information contained on original records to make that record searchable. These include things like census records, court records, military records and much more. Indexing isn’t difficult and it significantly increases the number of records available online. You’ll find details at Worldwide Indexing Event — FamilySearch.org

Indexing Records at  FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch is sponsoring an online indexing event beginning July 15th. Indexing is what makes records searchable and is a great way to help move genealogical research forward.

Everyone deserves to be remembered and you can help make this possible. No special skills or time commitments are required. Together, we can help people from around the world find and trace their ancestry for free. Watch the video to find out, in just a few short minutes, what indexing is and how it works.

Learn more at FamilySearch.org

The Evernote Periodicals Index

Have you wanted to build an index of the articles in your genealogical journals and quarterlies, but found all that data entry more than you could handle? Put Evernote to work and you can have it done in no time.

First, create a notebook for your periodicals index then use the Evernote app on your phone or tablet to photograph the table of contents for each issue you want to index. You’ll need some good lighting, a flat surface and maybe a few weights to help flatten the page while you photograph it. If the resulting image isn’t perfectly flat or perfectly squared, don’t worry. Evernote can handle it and as long as you can read it you’re good.

Each captured table of contents becomes its own note. Use the note title to identify the periodical and issue. That’s it!

Evernote Indexing

Evernote’s search makes it easy to find articles. Evernote can read the text in your image and will present you with the notes and text matching your search criteria. In the example below you see the results of a simple search. The title tells me which periodical and issue to dig out of my files.

Are you getting digital editions of your periodicals? Even better! Use Evernote as your library – saving each issue in your periodicals notebook. In this case the entire publication is searchable.