Monday, July 21, 2014

Participating in the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event - and DearMYRTLE's GeneaSleepOver

The FamilySearch Indexers did it today - they had over 66,000 individuals who indexed at least one batch, and many did more than one batch.  The last I heard, over 3 million records were indexed, and over 500,000 were arbitrated.

For my part, I did three batches of Obituaries - one batch from Pennsylvania, and two from Texas so far.  These were small batches, only five records in each, and only one batch had more than one name in each record.  I will probably do more as time goes on.

Did you watch some or all of the DearMYRTLE's GeneaSleepOver Hangouts On Air on Google+, and archived at YouTube?  This was a 24-hour event, starting at 5 p.m. PDT on Sunday night, and Pat Richley-Erickson and Russ Worthington went through the night into Monday, and are still going strong, with a varying panel, until 5 p.m. on Monday.

There was a discussion in the 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT time (in the third video (c) of the series) comparing media attachment and source citations in RootsMagic (Pat and me), Family Tree Maker (Russ Worthington), Legacy Family Tree (Tessa Keough) and Ancestral Quest (Claire Brisson-Banks).

Here are links to the archived videos on YouTube:

1)  GeneaSleepOver: Worldwide Indexing Event - Video (a):

2)  GeneaSleepOver: Worldwide Indexing Event - Video (b):

3)  GeneaSleepOver: Worldwide Indexing Event - Video (c):

4)  GeneaSleepOver: Worldwide Indexing Event - Video (d):

During this 24-hour period, Pat and the panel tried to do some indexing every hour, demonstrating how to do it and discussing the data entry process.

You can read all the comments from these four Hangouts On Air on DearMYRTLE's Google+ Community -

Pat Richley-Erickson and Russ Worthington did yeoman duty doing this over a 24-hour period.  Thank you Pat and Russ for your dedication, knowledge and effort to help the genealogy community.  I hope they sleep well tonight!

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