FamilySearch has dubbed 2014 “The Year of the Obituary”. It seemed appropriate to mention this during Family History Month because so much genealogical information can be found in the obituaries of family and friends.
For those who aren’t familiar with FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org), it is an extension of the LDS genealogy database. Their website is free to use, even if you aren’t a member of their church, and they provide unique research opportunities at their Family History Libraries and Family History Centers throughout the world.
FamilySearch is partnering with other genealogical websites and organizations to get as many obituaries indexed and available for online searching as possible this year. Indexing is the process by which volunteers (and sometimes paid employees) go through records (census, obituaries, immigration, and vitals to name a few), and add pertinent information to a database. This information often includes names, dates, and locations. Once the database has been finished, it is added to various genealogical websites, and the information indexed is then searchable, so that researchers can find records that might pertain to the people they’re searching for.
Indexing is such a great way for researchers to give back to the community, and help pay it forward for the next generation. Imagine how difficult searching for our ancestors would be without searchable records online!
Contributing is easy – you can do it from the comfort of your home, and there is no minimum commitment. To learn more, or get started now, visit FamilySearch’s Indexing Overview.
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To cite this post:
Jennifer Lynn Stingley, "2014 – The Year of the Obituary," Ancestor Archaeology, 2 October 2014 (http://ancestorarchaeology.com/2014/10/02/2014-the-year-of-the-obituary/ : accessed [22 February 2018]).