All eight of us participated, although the 3-year-old was less helpful than others (he helped eat the refreshments). The 6-year-old helped the 37-year-old, the 9-year-old helped the 36-year-old, and the teenagers helped themselves pretty well. Mom helped everyone interpret handwriting and index properly (and then she sat down after the party to index a few batches in peace).
8 people + 5 laptops + about an hour + peanut M&Ms = 99 names indexed! Not bad for a house full of little people.
We added one M&M to a jar for every name indexed. Some names were tricky enough to index that Mom deemed them worthy of two M&Ms.
Indexing is always better with treats.
What we love about indexing:
- FamilySearch’s web-based indexing program is very smooth and user-friendly.
- We know we are helping people find their family by indexing names.
- Sometimes as we index we find fun tid-bits of interesting information. We find people who share our birthday or our name. We learn things about history. Sam indexed a WWII draft registration card for a man who had exactly Sam’s height, weight, hair, and eye color! Twins! … except one was a man from the early 1900’s and one was an 11-year-old from the early 2000’s.
- Indexing can be a like a puzzle or game or competition. Who can index the most in an hour? Who can figure out the tricky handwriting? Who can find the funniest name? This weekend we found a man named “Fardinand” (who, on Mom’s closer inspection, turned out to be “Ferdinand” but we all had a fun time saying “Fardinand” out loud and giggling.) Someone indexed the surname “Sidebottom” and we wondered what it would be like to be part of the Sidebottom Family.
- All ages can index. We use a buddy system so those with limited reading/handwriting experience are helped by someone who knows what they’re doing. The end result is that kids learn how to read old documents and recognize cursive handwriting.