Freedmen’s Bureau Project Sponsoring “Index-a-thon” May 7

  • 6 May 2016

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) and FamilySearch International are sponsoring a Freedmen's Bureau Project “Index-a-thon” on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time).

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) and FamilySearch International are sponsoring a Freedmen's Bureau Project “Index-a-thon” on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time).

The Freedmen's Bureau Project is an ongoing effort to index the federal records of emancipated slaves, making this valuable information accessible for millions of African American families who want to connect with their ancestors.

Participants may visit a U.S. FamilySearch family history center or use any computer with Internet access. (Note: These batches need to be done using the desktop indexing application. They will not be available in the new web-based program.)

To participate

  1. Download the indexing desktop application at  https://familysearch.org/indexing/get-started-indexer.
  2. After signing into the indexing program, select Download Batch at the top left of the screen.
  3. Click the Project header to sort indexing projects by title.
  4. Scroll down the list to find US-Freedman's Bureau projects (there are several). Select the project you want. (Note: These records are at an intermediate level. If you are a beginning indexer, you may want to choose to index a Beginning batch from another collection.)
  5. Click OK.
  6. Read the project instructions, and start indexing the batch.
  7. If you have questions about the project, view the project instructions. If you have questions about indexing, see https://familysearch.org/indexing/help#/.

For more details, check out the event on Facebook.