Church members help ‘FamilySearch’ project

Church members help ‘FamilySearch’ project

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

ARE you interested in researching your family history online?

You might be pleasantly surprised how many historical records are now freely accessible via the internet.

This is because the names from the original historical documents are deciphered from digital images of the records by the FamilySearch group’s community of online volunteers.

FamilySearch are an international non-profit charitable group.

The highly searchable “indexes” are then made freely accessible to all though FamilySearch.

Locally, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been doing their bit to help decipher the documents. Members of the church, on Preston New Road, set themselves a one-week lockdown challenge to ‘index’ 400 names - and ended up indexing almost 1,000!

Southport resident Mona Gibson (above) who was one of the volunteers, said: “I became involved with indexing some years ago when we were asked to help transcribe the 1911 Census by indexing all the information it held.

“This makes it so much easier for those searching for ancestors in order to build up their family history.

“Inputting names and information alphabetically onto the computer also helps build a safe digital record. It can help with easing the frustration of searching through pages of documents and maybe endless trips to cemeteries or having to rely on older family members who may no longer be able to remember specific details.

“I love Indexing as it’s a way to serve the whole family history community, and I can do it all from the comfort of my own home, on my own computer.

Go to to learn more about your ancestors or how to become an online volunteer.

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