FamilySearch is asking for assistance in indexing records this weekend. The previous record was just a little over 49,000 indexers on a day after the 1940 US census was released. They are trying to reach 50,000 volunteer indexer in one day. sHere is their press release:
Join volunteers from around the world on July 20 and 21 for an international history-making event! The goal? For 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period! Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record!
This remarkable goal will require help from every current indexer and arbitrator out there, plus many new volunteers, but it can be achieved if generous volunteers like you commit to participate. So mark your calendar, and spread the word! Share this invitation with your Facebook friends and family now. Everyone is needed. Everyone can make a difference!
No matter where you live or what language you speak, you can participate and add to this historic worldwide achievement.
The event begins at 00:00 coordinated universal time (UTC) on July 21, which is 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT or Utah time) on Sunday, July 20. It ends 24 hours later, at 23:59 UTC (or 5:59 p.m. MDT) on Monday, July 21.
One batch is all it takes. Don’t miss your chance on July 20 and 21 to be part of this history-making event! Plan now to get involved and add your name to the record-setting legacy!
New indexers can visit https://familysearch.org/indexing/ to learn more about how to join the FamilySearch indexing effort.
The time for this event translates as from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday in the eastern US time zone or 5 p.m Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday western US time zone.
You will need to create an account on FamilySearch if you haven’t done that already. There are many indexing projects to pick from. Currently there are some New York City passenger lists (1847–1874) that need indexing. Also some records of the NY National Guard (1906–1954) are only about 25% indexed. FamilySearch also has many obits to be indexed from many states. Each indexing project comes with it’s own instruction and sample records. Please make sure you read those instructions before you start. Depending on what project you pick, a batch of records takes from 20 minutes to an hour. I’ll bet you have that much time available this weekend.
Also during this indexing event Dear Myrtle is having what she calls a “GeneaSleepOver.” She and others will be broadcasting on Google Plus for the entire 24 hours. You can find out the link to the webcast and more details on this web page.