Indexing

Purpose

Discover the joy of family history work and serve others through indexing.

Description

Indexing as a group helps us connect with the past and each other.

Imagine yourself living 200 years ago. What would you do for fun? What would you do for work? What would your friends be like? When you view historical records, the names, handwriting, and dates can set your mind imagining what it would be like to live in 1778 or 1801—in the French Countryside, or the city of London. 

What is indexing?

By simply typing what you see on a historical record, you are indexing and making records searchable so others can discover their relatives and take their names to the temple. Each name you transcribe is someone’s ancestor. Each indexed name can then be found by other family members living today. 

What blessings can you receive from indexing?

Not only does indexing help others find their ancestors, but it brings many other blessings as well. Saints in Honduras have held many indexing challenges in conjunction with other youth activities and have found great success. Watch their example to see how indexing and family history activities can lead to blessings in your life and those in your ward or stake, such as: 

  • The youth are involved in fun, wholesome, and uplifting activities while serving others. 
  • Participating in family history creates unity among their families, wards, and stake.
  • They felt their Heavenly Father’s love and their testimony of the plan of salvation was strengthened.
  • Youth were prepared to serve a mission.

How can you get youth involved?

You can host your own indexing activity to get the youth excited about family history. Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Seek priesthood support—Indexing events are more successful when they have the support from priesthood leaders.
  2. Challenging, attainable goals—Setting challenging but attainable goals will help stretch, inspire, and motivate your group.
  3. Time-bound—Volunteers are more likely to participate if the indexing event has a distinct beginning and end. Some people may feel like they should get involved in family history but don’t know where to start. This may be just the thing to get them involved. 
  4. Participation first—Focus on participation first and productivity second and a natural increase in the number of records indexed will naturally follow. 
  5. Celebrate—Maintain enthusiasm by acknowledging and celebrating accomplishments. You could throw a little party for those who participated, providing rewards, or whatever may be best for those in your area.
  6. Temple challenge—Place equal emphasis on indexing and submitting names to the temple. Once your group helps others find their ancestors through indexing, help them find their own family names to take to the temple. 

Host your own indexing activity using these resources and tips.

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