It is been going swimmingly and I have encouraged others to join in. To-date I have indexed a total of 36 sheets - approximately 1,440 records. I indexed 11 sheets from Colorado, 1 sheet from Delaware, 7 sheets from Kansas, 2 sheets from Minnesota, 4 sheets from Nebraska, 9 sheets from Oregon, and 2 sheets from Virginia. My accuracy rate is 98%.
I was feeling pretty good about myself until yesterday when, horror of horror ~ I had to return my first batch because I just could not read the enumerator's handwriting and I was getting a bit frustrated ~ so back to FamilySearch went a batch from Nebraska! But I downloaded a batch from Virginia ~ thankfully that enumerator had excellent penmanship and I was back at it again!
What have I learned in the past 12 days?
- Check out the Community Program and watch the tutorial put together by FamilySearch.org on indexing. It is a great introduction and provides a nice overview to the whole process.
- Download the Indexing Manual from FamilySearch.org ~ browse through it and have it available for any questions you may have (it is a great resource).
- Be sure to pay attention to the tips and explanations included in the right-hand side of the indexing software ~ it answers some of the most common questions.
- Check in with the Archives website on the 1940 Census.
- Check out the FamilySearch blog on the 1940 Census. There are plenty of updates and helpful tips.
- Check in with other indexers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. There is always conversation and someone to answer your questions.
- Learn how to use the adjust highlight button ~ it will make your indexing life so much easier!
- Learn how to use the previous/next page button ~ sometimes it will help you understand your page better!
- Check in with DearMyrtle's webinars (the first week's webinars were really helpful and DearMyrtle plans to continue the process on a regular basis).
- Score some points not only for yourself but also your favorite participating society or organization. Thomas MacEntee explains how to do it on his most recent post. I signed up and designated the Seattle Genealogical Association. Check out which associations and organizations are involved and join one.